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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  • 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.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    13 Oct. 2018
    You start reading and the play takes off. There is no role in here among the four women that is the lesser of the other. Stacey Rose creates characters that move you, baffle you, empathize, smile and hurt with them. Rose's use of ritual and space and the use of the scene's elements to set the mood of the scene...you could go on about the many wonderful layers in this piece. You would think that a play this substantial with so much emotional depth would be longer, but Rose economizes words and maximizes impact in this remarkable, stunning play.
  • Premiere Stages at Kean University:
    1 Mar. 2018
    Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is pleased to recognize “As Is” by Stacey Rose as a semifinalist for the 2018 Premiere Play Festival. “As Is” rose through a competitive selection process conducted by Premiere staff and a panel of outside theatre professionals to become one of 22 semifinalists out of 572 submissions. The panel was particularly impressed by its smart, lively dialogue, its narrative centering of “big black women,” and its imaginative use of ritual and space to create drama and tension among the sharply drawn characters. Our congratulations and thanks to Stacey.

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