Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. He is the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights' Center and a 2014-15 Jerome Fellow. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Josh was a 2012-13 Theater Fellowship recipient at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Josh’s works have been developed and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The...
Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. He is the first national Jerome Many Voices Fellowship recipient at The Playwrights' Center and a 2014-15 Jerome Fellow. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Josh was a 2012-13 Theater Fellowship recipient at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Josh’s works have been developed and read at The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights’ Center, The Alchemical Theatre Lab, The Lark and New York Theatre Workshop and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Josh will be highlighted as a MainStage Playwright at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Currently, he is developing a play cycle all set in inner-city Philadelphia called, The Dandelion Plays . Training: BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Plays

  • GRAVITY
    Upon discovering that he has grown an odd yet beautiful pair of wings, Micah is led to re-examine his past searches for love and connection in a world full of sterile emotions, dizzying love and lust, and downloadable fantasies. A play dedicated to the new Angels of America, both known and unknown, Gravity examines the power it takes to shed one's wings and fly with new purpose.
  • The Stone Will Roll
    STONE is the first play in Josh Wilder's trilogy about African-American life in inner-city Philadelphia. Set in the 1980s, the play follows the journey of Chris, a high school football star battling his demons after a tragic car accident renders him almost paralyzed. The ghosts of the car accident’s victims haunt Chris as a relationship with the hard yet beautiful Raquelle begins to blossom and the...
    STONE is the first play in Josh Wilder's trilogy about African-American life in inner-city Philadelphia. Set in the 1980s, the play follows the journey of Chris, a high school football star battling his demons after a tragic car accident renders him almost paralyzed. The ghosts of the car accident’s victims haunt Chris as a relationship with the hard yet beautiful Raquelle begins to blossom and the temptation and thrill of crack addiction grabs hold of his life and the city around him. A blend of beautiful poetics, the stakes of the Greek tradition, and the soul of Black America, STONE tells the story of black life with honesty, dignity, humor, and heart.
  • Lilies Bloom
    When college senior Kwamaine reluctantly returns home to help his ailing mother, whose eyes have become so dark that she resembles a raccoon, his new-found freedom comes face-to-face with the reality of his newly incarcerated older brother. A magic-filled play that asks what does it mean to be the "chosen one," Lilies Bloom proves that sometimes hope can sprout in the darkest of places.
  • Leftovers
    In inner city Philadelphia, an abnormally huge dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the house of, Jalil and Kwamaine, two brothers who are waiting for the arrival of their father. Leftovers tells the story of the brothers as they figure out their journey to discovering the reality of their dreams. A poignant, poetic, gritty play full of family, magic, and Cliff Huxtable.