Short Plays

WHAT THEY HEARD (2M, 2W)

Short play for NOOR’s 48-HOUR FORUM, 

based on very much current events,

presented as a staged reading.

In this case, the current event was this: http://www.bbc.com/news/31989874

Excerpt:

NARRATOR

Every child who heard this

Every child who heard that thing that day

This is what happened in our town

Every child who heard it is now under a spell

A spell? Well.

Every child who heard those words

Who heard this:

(SOUND: As the narrator mouths words we hear INSTEAD OF THESE WORDS A SHORT LOUD RIFF OF SERIOUS HEAVY METAL GUITAR)

Now was marked in a way

In a most certain way

That one could call spell-like actually. No one uses that word anymore but it is actually quite fitting for what happened in our town.

She who was at home with her parents

She who normally was docile, this is what happened:

MOM

Jeannie, time for bed. Jeannie.

NARRATOR

Now was

JEANNIE

FUCK YOU MOM

Fuck you.

NARRATOR

All round the town, the changes came

Children who had been good at their chores began to rebel

CHORES KID

I won’t do this any more.


Dressing (co-writer: Tala Manassah) (1W, 1M)

Part of Facing Our Truth, 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege, commissioned by the New Black Fest (http://www.thenewblackfest.org/)

MOM
I heard someone on – you know, some panel, say this thing: Men in black bodies have since the founding of this country been vulnerable by way of the body that they inhabit. Oh. That’s a crazy thing to think about, that’s a crazy thing to carry. For him.
Right?

Published:  http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/58273/dressing-mansourmanasah

From the National Theater of Harlem’s presentation of the plays:

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