As Is: Conversations with Big Black Women In Confined Spaces

As Is, is the story of four Big Beautiful Black Women living the everyday struggle of trying to lose a few pounds and navigating their Big Black Womeness in the confined spaces of their lives. D. Everette has found her stride as a college professor. Antonia seems to have stumbled upon the perfect manifestation of Black love. Beverly, has her children and her grief. It is young Camille who threatens to unravel...
As Is, is the story of four Big Beautiful Black Women living the everyday struggle of trying to lose a few pounds and navigating their Big Black Womeness in the confined spaces of their lives. D. Everette has found her stride as a college professor. Antonia seems to have stumbled upon the perfect manifestation of Black love. Beverly, has her children and her grief. It is young Camille who threatens to unravel the four way friendship with her inability to, find and relegate herself to, a confined space of her own.
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As Is: Conversations with Big Black Women In Confined Spaces

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    2 May. 2021
    A moving play following four women make their way in their journey in life, relationships and their image of themselves. Well done.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    29 Nov. 2020
    A fast-moving, compelling piece four incredibly complex, layered, amazing lead characters that you can't help but empathize with. There is something exquisite about seeing these four friends with disparate hopes, dreams, and goals connect, struggle, hurt, and heal in this central place of the sauna. In a number of amazingly written group scenes, Rose shows how these characters' Blackness, gender, and weight shape and dictate their various relationships, self-image, and actions. These naturalistic scenes are punctuated by moments of direct address, theatricality, group movement, and song that shape the piece. I'd love to see this wonderful play onstage!
  • Karen Fix Curry:
    31 Jan. 2019
    This wonderfully written story of friends, their failures and triumphs, their strengths and weaknesses, resonates. They push each other’s buttons, they call each other out, and the story sweeps you up in their world, their hopes and their realities. A great ensemble piece.

Development History

  • Reading
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    The New Group
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    2018
  • Workshop
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    The Lark
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    2018
  • Reading
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    The Brooklyn Generator
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    2016