Nathan Alan Davis

Nathan Alan Davis

Nathan Alan Davis’ plays include NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM (Premiering at NYTW, Sep. 2016), DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation), THE WIND AND THE BREEZE (Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award) and THE REFUGE PLAYS TRILOGY: PROTECT THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE (L. Arnold Weissberger Award Finalist), WALKING MAN and EARLY'S HOUSE. His work has been...
Nathan Alan Davis’ plays include NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM (Premiering at NYTW, Sep. 2016), DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation), THE WIND AND THE BREEZE (Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award) and THE REFUGE PLAYS TRILOGY: PROTECT THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE (L. Arnold Weissberger Award Finalist), WALKING MAN and EARLY'S HOUSE. His work has been produced or developed with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, New Neighborhood, Baltimore Center Stage, Merrimack Rep., The Kennedy Center, Theater Alliance, Skylight Theatre, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, The Source Festival, Chicago Dramatists and The New Harmony Project. He is a 2016 graduate Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and a recipient of NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship for 2015-16. MFA: Indiana University, BFA: University of Illinois.

Plays

  • The Wind and the Breeze
    Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks –but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can't win. The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose...
    Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks –but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can't win. The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.
  • Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
    Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and...
    Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.