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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  • 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.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    4 Jan. 2019
    This powerful play plunges us right into the icy water, where we feel for the character, while we see our own foibles laid bare. It's a remarkable duality that in Matthews' capable hands, seems effortless. This play offers commentary, and genuine emotional resonance. It's not simply political or polemic, it's heartfelt, moving, distilling down to poetry. If I were a High School English teacher, or a College professor, I would use this play, reading it in class, to demonstrate that theatre, as an art form, is alive, and important.
  • Ellen Koivisto:
    21 Dec. 2018
    When we mistake tweets for news, when we mistake commentary for reality, we mistake lives for hashtags. Meanwhile, our boys are being killed for no damn reason. Read the play.

Character Information

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

Development History

  • Workshop
    Ohio University Midnight Madness

Production History