A reflection on Shoppin’

Friday, November 19, 2010

One week ago from tonight was Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S

It’s over!…. It’s over 🙁

I definitely do not see what happened last week as the end of the play or the workshopping.

I was very happy with the evening over all and appreciate all the help we had.  Blackboard is really growing and the support from the community is really wonderful 🙂  We had a lovely surprise as well, actor, Nicole Ari Parker, friend of Director, LA Williams attended the talkback.

In thinking and talking with people about the evening, some people were wondering how satisfied I was with the talk-back, especially after the discussion moved away from the play.  I was completely satisfied because one of the reasons I went to school for the MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies, and then went on to complete the MFA in Playwrighting was because I was interested in writing plays about the Black Community that would produce discussions about what was happening within the community, and friday’s talk-back did exactly that!  I was completely satisfied.  The play was 30 mintues and that was deliberate.  I would like to introduce theatre to audiences who have not had the access and I always thought it best to start with something shorter.

I could really talk more about the workshop production, but I don’t want to be too long winded – the director, LA Williams did more than I could have imagined and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast.  Everything with Shoppin’ has just “arrived”, as if magically.  This has been a blessed production.  The cast is the same cast from the first reading at a Blackboard Community Evening – November 2008.

Blackboard is the realization of the plan I had going into graduate school! WHOO HOO!

NEXT INSTALLMENT:  I will be working on the 2nd “sketch” if you will, of the piece as it was called on Friday, concerning Black Men.

Thanks again for all the support!