Dust of the Street

Chris, a 21-year-old mixed race man is mourning the death of his father when he himself is killed in a hate crime. In a limbo between life and death he meets the grandmother who gave his father up for adoption, also recently deceased. They must reckon with their shared history and hurt if Chris is to return to life before his body bleeds out without him.
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Dust of the Street

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  • Firen Hodges:
    15 May. 2019
    This play balances perfectly between humor and a deep pain that resonates with many mixed members of "White" and "Asian" communities. I found myself laughing and finally seeing thoughts that I have had as a mixed race Scandinavian/Cantonese woman articulated and immortalized. I am so glad a play like this exists and if you haven't already, you should definitely read it. It's worth your time.
  • Zoe Jovanovich:
    28 Mar. 2019
    Gorgeously written. An elegy of different forms of grief: grief for oneself, grief for loved ones, grief for wrongs done to one's family. Equal parts slow meditation and clever snappy dialogue. Han's use of theatricality reads as naturally as breathing. I cheered for Chris. I cried for Chris. I laughed with Chris. Strongly consider DUST OF THE STREET for your next festival of one-acts.
  • Jay Chavez:
    26 Mar. 2019
    Honestly, the beauty of the text with the intricate stage combat really shows the voice of the Han. The cross roads of two worlds for mixed individuals is well written and represented in this artistic piece.

Character Information

  • Chris
    Early 20s,
    Mixed-race Corean and White
    ,
    Male Identified
    Must be played by a mixed-race or Asian actor
  • Grandmother
    70s or up,
    Corean (Korean)
    ,
    Female Identified
    Had a 48-year-old son but it's the afterlife, so liberties may be taken with her age. Must be played by an Asian actor.
  • Angela
    40s-50s,
    White
    ,
    Female Identified
    Must be believable as the mother of a 21-year-old
  • Devin and Kevin
    18 or 19,
    White
    ,
    Male Identified
    Picture Biff's gang from Back to the Future brought into 2019

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    KCACTF Region 7
    ,
    2019

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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John Cauble National Short Play Award
,
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2019