AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES
- 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. ”
- Ben30's,,Multi-racial with Black heritageHe/Him/HisDrama 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.
- Jasmine20's-30's,,Black, Afro-LatinxShe/Her/HersHistory teacher, a bit of a firebrand. Frustrated.
- Cal18,,WhiteHe/Him/HisA high school senior, super liberal Quaker legacy student. Pictures of his extended family stare back at you on the walls of the school.
- Jill50's-60's,,WhiteShe/Her/HersHead of school--Penn Valley’s first woman head in 133 years.
- ,Reading,Fuse Theatre2021
- ,Reading,Relative Theatrics2021
- ,Reading,Garry Marshall Theatre2021
- ,Workshop,Clamour Theatre2021
- ,Workshop,Playwrights Incubator Collective2021
- ,Workshop,The Garden Script Development2021
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Garden Script Development
Playwrights Voiced Festival
National Playwrights Conference