AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES

FULL LENGTH: Ben and Jasmine are the only two Black teachers at Penn Valley, a private Quaker school. Jasmine is passionate and boundary pushing, while Ben has worked his way up the ranks at the school to be Diversity Dean thanks to his “agreeable” nature. A racially charged discipline decision ignites a divide at the school and in Jasmine and Ben’s collegial relationship.
Current Draft: 6/10/2022
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AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES

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  • Matthew Libby:
    2 Jun. 2022
    I read this play yesterday and haven't stopped thinking about it since. A tremendous piece of work that goes to some incredibly complex, nuanced, and furious places with such ease and confidence, only to end on a note of radical hopefulness. Gripping dilemmas, vivid, unforgettable characters - this was a true privilege to read!
  • Ben F. Locke:
    28 Apr. 2022
    I really love this play! It's amazing to see what happens when We write OUR stories. This play goes ways deeper than just what's on the surface. It not only tackles allyship for white people but also the complexities of intersectional allyship. I loved that everyone is so flawed and working through how to make sense of what is the best decision to make for themselves and for the good of the other. This is a show that makes you feel icky yet hopeful and I really love that uncomfortable and conflicting feeling.
  • Kane Normandy:
    22 Apr. 2022
    You know those plays that are like a pressure cooker, where they're really fresh but need some time, heat and steam to come out a perfect meal? This is one of those plays that is super important right now to read but when we (hopefully) see it hit a major stage soon, it will have grown even further in its impact and will bring in all those hungry patrons ready to feast upon how fabulous it is. Truly a wonderful, wonderful play.

Character Information

  • Ben
    30's,
    Multi-racial with Black heritage
    ,
    He/Him/His
    He can be portrayed by an actor who is Black, Multi-racial, or Afro-Latinx. Multiracial with Black heritage, Drama teacher, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) dean. Black people have told him he speaks like a white boy. White people have told him he’s “articulate and thoughtful.”
  • Jasmine
    20's-30's,
    Black, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    She/Her/Hers
    History teacher, a bit of a firebrand. Frustrated.
  • Cal
    17-18,
    White
    ,
    He/Him/His
    a high school senior, and a Quaker. A class officer, but not because he’s popular. Plays Devil’s Advocate in class to his classmates’ chagrin. More likely to be talking to a teacher than his peers.
  • Jill
    50's-60's,
    White
    ,
    She/Her/Hers
    Head of school--Penn Valley’s first woman head in 133 years. A Quaker.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Local Theater Company
    ,
    2022
  • Reading
    ,
    Fuse Theatre
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Relative Theatrics
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Garry Marshall Theatre
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
    ,
    Clamour Theatre
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
    ,
    Playwrights Incubator Collective
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Garden Script Development
    ,
    2021

Production History

  • University
    ,
    University of Central Florida
    ,
    2022

Awards

Selection
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Garden Script Development
,
2021
Selection
,
Playwrights Voiced Festival
,
Relative Theatrics
,
2021