A. Emmanuel Leadon

A. Emmanuel Leadon

A. Emmanuel Leadon is a writer, portraitist, and cartoonist from Dallas, whose art investigates mythologies and reframes them around topics of sexuality, class, and race. His play CAVE CANEM was shortlisted for the Relentless Award, later received development at the Play Penn Conference (youngest admittee to date) and Great Plains Theater Conference, and was featured in the National New Play Network Showcase....
A. Emmanuel Leadon is a writer, portraitist, and cartoonist from Dallas, whose art investigates mythologies and reframes them around topics of sexuality, class, and race. His play CAVE CANEM was shortlisted for the Relentless Award, later received development at the Play Penn Conference (youngest admittee to date) and Great Plains Theater Conference, and was featured in the National New Play Network Showcase. His work has also been presented by Kitchen Dog and Quick Silver Theater Company. He has been a Haas Fellow, a finalist for the Many Voices Fellowship, and a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Fellowship.

Plays

  • Cave Canem
    On one of the darkest nights of his life, Jermichael cut off his lifelong friendship with his next-door neighbor. Two years later, the neighbor has adopted his nephew, a dog, and Jermichael has just been granted partial custody of his son, a human. The former best friends attempt to bottle their resentments before their collective rage takes complete control.
  • The Easy Way
    Bacon is going through it. Junior year kicked his ass. He needs to take the SAT again. (Wit his dumb ass.) His waves aren't coming in. (Kiddie pool ass waves.) His ex is tarnishing his reputation. (That nigga ain't shit.) He dresses poor. (WHAT ARE THOSE?!) He can't get his father's voice out of his head. And his stepmother will be damned if this story becomes his.
  • Without Theater
    Seven years into the future, the ambitious, tirelessly devoted leader of a professional theater company struggles to keep the morale high and the bills paid.
  • Defunct
    Soon after two concurrent tragedies, four professional athletes arrive early to their locker room before the first playoff game. Internal and interpersonal tensions boil over when one makes an announcement threatening the team's prospects.
  • Rid of Me
    Something insidious is lurking around DFW this Pride Month. The targets were marked from birth and it's only a matter a time before they're captured. It is now up to one of the few demonology students in the area to discover a solution before even more lives are lost.
  • Bliss Is Bliss
    Seba's friend group is holding its annual reunion soon. Stuck in rehab, Seba pays their estranged sibling Ayo to attend the conference in their stead. Ayo finds the assembled company courteous, intellectually stimulating, and oddly, inexorably optimistic. What begins as a much-needed vacation gradually devolves into a febrile nightmare from which there may be no escape.
  • Face of the True God
    An overnight teen sensation and gay icon is closing out her first world tour. Days before she is set to arrive at her father's apartment for a sabbatical, her other father and a family friend invade seeking asylum of their own.
  • This Means War
    Quinta is a senior at an elite university. She keeps her head down, minds her business, and quietly maintains summa cum laude status. Five months before graduation, her meticulously planned future is thrown into jeopardy when her high school is embroiled in a globally publicized scandal. She must confront her past and swing public opinion in her favor, and doesn't have time to take mercy on those who dare stand in her way.
  • Rosin
    A brother-sister busking duo takes a break on a sweltering summer afternoon.