– Can you describe a theater moment that particularly inspired you?
I can think of many. There was time when I was a little girl and I remembered seeing my mother acting in a play. She was dressed as the Lady Of Justice statue, in all white, and I this image stuck with me as I got older. I also often think about Aleshea Harris’s play Is God Is at Soho Rep. The production was so inspiring to me because the play utilized language in a poetic way, and I am someone who is very drawn to Poetry. The play also allowed black women to exhibit rage, in a way that felt powerful and liberating!
– What draws you to writing for the theater?
I think it’s the notion/psychology of space, language and connection. I’m drawn to the live aspect of theatre, and how it forces one to be present in the moment, and it also forces you to connect with the audience and yourself. I love the idea of being anchored in another reality outside your own. Theatre is such a fanatic medium to evolve the many curiosities I have about myself, the world, and others.
Who are your primary artistic influences at this moment?
At the moment I would say it’s Paul Klee, Carmen Herra, I think at the moment I’m really influenced by abstract expressionism. I’m not exactly sure why, but I have gravitated towards these artist and their work moves me because I believe they have a way of thinking about ideas of love or attraction from a different perspective.
What inspired you to write the play for NYPR?
I was inspired by black womanhood and how complex, and exhausting it can be to navigate. I was curious about surveillance, and how the notion distorts our ideas of the black body, and also how colorism can design one’s life. The play also toys with hyper invisibility and visibility, which are two things I’m always thinking about.