Black Super Hero Magic Mama

FULL-LENGTH: Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a White cop. Rather than herald the Black Lives Matter movement, Sabrina retreats inward, living out a comic book superhero fantasy. Will Sabrina stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?
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Black Super Hero Magic Mama

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  • Chandler Hubbard:
    29 Aug. 2020
    A bittersweet reckoning of grief and understanding, vacillating quickly between satire, heightened fantastical realism and gut-punching truths.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    20 Aug. 2020
    A beautiful approach to unimaginable grief that asks the questions in the most moving, touching and transformative way. Magical and gutting, well done.
  • Doug DeVita:
    23 Nov. 2019
    Utterly devastating. Utterly savage. Utterly stunning. And heartbreakingly beautiful from start to finish. READ THIS PLAY! PRODUCE THIS PLAY (AGAIN!)

Character Information

  • Sabrina Jackson
    40s,
    African-American
    ,
    Female
    No-nonsense, loving mother. She will cut you down if need be.
  • Tramarion Jackson
    14,
    African-American
    ,
    Male
    Sabrina’s son. Academically and artistically gifted. Loyal to his best friend Flat Joe.
  • Lena Evers
    30s,
    African-American
    ,
    Female
    Sabrina's younger sister and Tramarion's aunt. Community-minded, professional, stylish. Has always benefitted from/relied on being the younger sister.
  • Flat Joe
    14,
    African-American
    ,
    Male
    At 14, he hardly even notices anymore when women clutch their purses in elevators. An artist skilled beyond his years and circumstances.
  • Officer Dave Lester
    30s-40s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    A Chicago cop with a clean record. He’s soooo over the bandwagon Cubs fans. Sincerely wants to protect and serve.
  • Coach Corey Brackett
    30s-40s,
    African-American
    ,
    Male
    Part-time teacher/academic coach; part-time philosopher. Everybody’s favorite cool teacher.
  • Connie Wright
    30s-50s,
    Asian-American
    ,
    Female
    Connie’s news anchor position was hard-won and she enjoys the challenges. She can exploit the hell out of a story, but it’s wearing on her.
  • Tom Blackman
    30s-40s,
    African-American
    ,
    Male
    An ambitious, hungry field reporter. He’s proud of the fact that you’d never guess he grew up on the Southside of Chicago.

Development History

  • Residency
    ,
    Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Intiman Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Skylight Theatre INKubator Reading Series
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Artemisia Theatre Fall Festival
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Association for Theatre in Higher Education/Women & Theatre Program
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Texas State Black & Latino Playwrights Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Women Works, University of Tulsa
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Geffen Playhouse
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Kesselring Prize
,
National Arts Club
,
2019
Winner
,
The Rosa Parks Playwriting Award
,
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
,
2017
Kilroys List
,
2017
Runner Up
,
Princess Grace Award
,
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
,
2017
Winner
,
Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award
,
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
,
2016
Winner
,
WomenWorks Graduate Student Playwriting Award
,
University of Tulsa
,
2016
Finalist
,
Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest
,
College of Charleston
,
2016
Winner
,
Trustus Theatre Playwrights' Festival
,
Trustus Theatre
,
2016