Who's responsible for the evolution of a toxic Black man?
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  • Jordan Elizabeth Henry:
    3 Feb. 2021
    Trauma haunts the family whose lives we follow over decades in Brake-Silla's brief but powerful play, "from." It asks timeless questions -- what is the root of violence? nature or nurture? -- and offers us no simple answers. It is hauntingly beautiful; I would love to see this in production.
  • Alex Kulak:
    28 Jun. 2020
    Brake-Silla gives contemporary American characters the poetic nobility of the tragic figures in Greek drama. Her plays capitalize on the notion that America can create a new native mythology. A fascinating piece.
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    28 Jun. 2020
    "from" by Nikki Brake-Silla is a poignant look into an African American family. The playwright's gift for authentic dialogue pulls us into the family home, as we see the complex relationships develop. Well done.

Development History


Independent Creative Production Grant
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation