Momentum Reading Series
Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue by Kemp Powers
Directed by Kyle Haden
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00pm
City Theatre Mainstage
Steven and Bernard Gentry are twins who have lived starkly different lives. The big reason? One is plagued by racism because of his dark skin while the other passes as white. Steven spent his childhood trying to fit in and is now a successful attorney. Bernard was a star student who dreamt of space, but his current prospects are about as dismal as the Challenger Space Shuttle that once inspired him. Spanning their 80s New York City childhood to a Minnesota courtroom in the 2006, Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue (written by One Night in Miami… playwright Kemp Powers) is a haunting meditation on race and privilege in America.
This event is complimentary, but RSVPs and tickets are required.
Incendiary by Dave Harris
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Monday, October 7th 7pm Hamburg
Tanya is on a mission to save her son from death row and she’s wiling to do whatever it takes to break him free–acquiring an armory, getting her mind and her body right, and even saying goodbye to her daughter. But just how far can a mother’s love go? A collision between the absurd and the tragic, Incendiary is a moving and hilarious exploration of love and violence in Black America.
TANYA – C. Kelly Wright
JASMINE – Bria Walker
ERIC – Justin Lonesome
MARKUS & OTHERS – Jason Shavers
MARCU & OTHERS – Monteze Freeland
Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. He is the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company. His play EXCEPTION TO THE RULE will have its world premiere at Roundabout Underground in spring 2020. His plays have been produced or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theater Club, Victory Gardens, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and Ojai Playwrights Conference amongst others. Honors include: the 2019 Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award and Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, the 2018 Venturous Fellowship from The Lark, Cave Canem poetry fellowship, and a semi-finalist for The Relentless Award amongst others. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, was published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Dave received his B.A. from Yale University and is a third year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.
The Momentum Reading Series is made possible by Opportunity Fund and The Fine Foundation