[hieroglyph]

Involuntarily displaced in Chicago two months post-Katrina, 13-year-old Davis wrestles with the cultural landscape of a new city and school community while secretly coping with the PTSD of an assault at the Superdome. With her mother still in New Orleans committed to the fight for Black land ownership and her father committed to starting a new life in the Midwest, divorce threatens to further separate a family...
Involuntarily displaced in Chicago two months post-Katrina, 13-year-old Davis wrestles with the cultural landscape of a new city and school community while secretly coping with the PTSD of an assault at the Superdome. With her mother still in New Orleans committed to the fight for Black land ownership and her father committed to starting a new life in the Midwest, divorce threatens to further separate a family already torn apart. Will Davis be left hanging in the balance? [hieroglyph] traverses the intersection of environmental racism, sexual violence, and displacement, examining the psychological effects of a state-sanctioned man-made disaster on the most vulnerable members of the Katrina diaspora.
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  • Nick Malakhow:
    18 Mar. 2021
    I just saw the fantastic digital co-production of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre/SF Playhouse and was blown away! The use of projections, art, monologue, and dream sequences captures the full gravity of Davis' trauma and PTSD in a potent way that never exploits its characters. In fact, there is such a warmth and tenderness between these characters even as they struggle through co-existing tragedies of displacement, assault, and environmental racism. Each character is so complex, and the conclusion feels like we end somewhere much different than we began while remaining realistically complicated, uncertain, ambiguous. Watch it if you can!
  • Cassandra Rose:
    6 Aug. 2019
    I had the wonderful opportunity to see a reading of this play at Victory Garden's Ignition Fest. Wow. Produce this play right now. Never before have I seen a play that takes on the subject of sexual violence with such care and truthfulness. These characters are allowed to be real, to be messy, and to grow with each other. So it's no surprise that the reading of this play got a standing ovation. I'm going to say it again: Produce. This. Play. Right. Now.
  • Katherine Gwynn:
    5 Aug. 2019
    Just saw a reading of this yesterday at Victory Gradens--a raw and visceral play that talks about the breadth of violence done to black women and girls' bodies while still carving out space for tenderness and joy for black women and girls. And you could feel that distinctly in the audience too--the audience was fully engaged ,responding, commenting in the moment, gasping, going silent as a pin--it was breath-taking ot be a part of.

Development History

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    The Lark Play Development Center/ New Black Fest
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    2019
  • Reading
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    Victory Gardens Theater
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    2019

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