Hashtag Jones

A hashtag comes to life and embodies the tragic story of a young man trapped in a Twitter war.
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Hashtag Jones

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    3 Jun. 2019
    Highly recommend this powerful short play for any festival raising awareness on BLM and police brutality, and also any showcase of shorts on the negative effects of Internet and technology on our lives.
    Using an inventive structure, with a poetry that feels soulful and embodied, Matthews captures the disgusting narratives and tweets that go viral around Black male victims of police violence, in doing so dehumanizing/criminalizing/ pathologizing Black men for entertainment.
    This is necessary theatre at its finest, it's theatre for social change.

  • M.r. Fitzgerald:
    3 Jun. 2019
    Matthews' hit at the stampede that is trending news on social media and how it heartens the entire world to put victims on "trial" based on biases and rumors instead of delving deeper for the truth....and how the truth itself is trampled beneath the landside of Twitter.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    4 Jan. 2019
    A powerful play right off the page, imaging it fully staged gives me goosebumps. Matthews doesn’t hold back, I’m especially drawn to the flaws she finds with both sides, those defending and those scrutinizing, and how the situation displays how black children aren’t allowed to be children. An excellent short piece of theater.

Character Information

  • Hashtag, aka Jamal Jones
    17, teens, teenager,
    Black
    ,
    Male, boy
  • Commentator
    30s+, middle aged,
    White
    ,
    White, White American
  • Activist
    20s+,
    Black
    ,
    Female-identifying, Female, woman

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Ohio University Midnight Madness
    ,
    2017

Production History