One Woman Show
PRECIOUS MEMORIES is the first play in The Affrilachian Memory Play series. This one woman show is based on research conducted on an African American Community in Southwest Virginia.
First Performed in May of 2012 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. This play was also performed in 2011 in Richmond, KY at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference and later informed first person interpretations at the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, TX.
A play in One Act
Tobacco Fields is a one-act play within a series that presents the voice of one Black Appalachian girl (affectionately known as Girl #9) growing up as an insider/outsider within the region. Situated in rural Kentucky, the play focuses on Girl #9’s coming of age. Girl #9 negotiates her Affrilachian identity through her own memory and imaginative stories of surviving work, abuse and family.
A Staged Reading of TOBACCO FIELDS was performed in April of 2018 in Cincinnati, OH at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference.
TOBAACO FIELDS was later presented at the Fade to Black Play festival in Houston, TX June 21-23 2018.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD
The Affrilachian Memory Plays has garnered experience implementing creative ideas, performance methods, media and then using previous skill-based and research knowledge to create meaningful performances. The Affrilachian Memory Plays is committed to actively building a repertoire of collaboration with scholars and artists in and outside of the region.
The Legend of Mountain Mama
The Legend of Mountain Mama,is a choreo- poem that illuminates both Black women’s experiences and issues of environmental racism in the Appalachian region. The performance project was produced in order to expand conversations in the Houston Arts community about what it means to be Black in America. This performance interrogates What happens when representations of Appalachia’s mountains and women- particularly Black women- come center stage?
The Legend of Mountain Mama premiered in March of 2019 in Houston, TX at the Ensemble Theatre.