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: 11/16/21
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AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES

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  • emma wood:
    27 Dec. 2021
    A great many well expressed words have already been written about this outstanding play. I let it sit with me for a few days before writing, because there's so much worthy of praise it's hard to sum up what hit me most. But for me it was that moment in the simple but powerful climax when a character who has long made excuses for himself and others stands up. He knows he has much to lose, and any gains will be hard fought and long term, but he will not continue to leave the 'heavy lifting' to others. Produce this!
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    17 Nov. 2021
    I had the pleasure of seeing a virtual reading of AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES as part of Orlando Shakes Playfest. This play made me laugh, made me think, and made me feel for the characters. In a time when it’s so easy to be divisive and force sides, this play is a nuanced look at the implicit biases and injustices at a predominantly white Quaker school. I genuinely hope to see a full production of this play soon!
  • Alexander Pine:
    9 Oct. 2021
    Flawlessly utilizing academia as a microcosm of how the White status-quo effortlessly manipulates systems designed for them. The Quaker setting heightens the trope of the well-meaning, but self-involved White progressive-aspiring community.

    Malakhow’s most ingenious feat is depicting the enormity of both the school’s inner world and the larger systemic conflicts of our world with only four main characters.

    It’s taut and gripping and I couldnt put it down.

Character Information

  • Ben
    30's,
    Multi-racial with Black heritage
    ,
    He/Him/His
    Drama teacher, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) dean. He’s been called “agreeable” more than once. Ben is multi-racial and he must have some Black heritage. He can be portrayed by an actor who is Black, Multi-racial himself, or Afro-Latinx. He cannot be played by someone who is entirely white.
  • Jasmine
    20's-30's,
    Black, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    She/Her/Hers
    History teacher, a bit of a firebrand. Frustrated.
  • Cal
    18,
    White
    ,
    He/Him/His
    A high school senior, super liberal Quaker legacy student. Pictures of his extended family stare back at you on the walls of the school.
  • Jill
    50's-60's,
    White
    ,
    She/Her/Hers
    Head of school--Penn Valley’s first woman head in 133 years.

Development History

  • 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

Awards

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