Nazareth Hassan

Nazareth Hassan

Nazareth Hassan is a southern writer, director, musician, and video artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the 2017 recipient of the Dramatist Guild Young Playwright Award and the 2019 recipient of the Himan Brown Writing Award. His plays have been shown and workshopped in cities including New York, London, and Berlin, at institutions including The Bushwick Starr, Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt, Horizon Theater...
Nazareth Hassan is a southern writer, director, musician, and video artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the 2017 recipient of the Dramatist Guild Young Playwright Award and the 2019 recipient of the Himan Brown Writing Award. His plays have been shown and workshopped in cities including New York, London, and Berlin, at institutions including The Bushwick Starr, Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt, Horizon Theater Company, and the Royal Court Theatre, where he is currently under workshop and a part of their long form writer's group.He is also a member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writer's Group. His essays and fiction have been published by Waif Magazine, ThreadMag and Without Further Adu. He has performed as a singer at venues including Boston Symphony Hall, Joe's Pub, Atlanta Symphony Hall, The Fox Theatre, Mercury Lounge, NY Comic Con and Lincoln Center. He received an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Plays

  • VANTABLACK
    40 scenes about 40 acres. A lip sync dinner. Interviews about fantasies and imagination. A marathon triptych, VANTABLACK deconstructs the idea of reparations to explore how black people conceptualize and perform utopia.
  • Ghost dad (i can't die)
    A conversation with my parents. An absurd future haunting. An autobiography, backwards and forwards, then forwards and backwards. The first installment of quinquennial writing practice INFINITY TREE BREATHING IN + OUT, Ghost dad (i cant die) constructs my future family using my predecessor's past.
  • bowl
    2 skater boys, who are in love, start a rap group. A demon is exorcised.
  • This much nothing.
    A series of 4 texts in 11 parts for 6 performers exploring self-recognition, surveillance and voyeurism through a black queer framework.

    play 1: Untitled. (1-5)
    A choral hymn. A series of bullshit complaints. A centering ritual. Meditations on failure, joy, faith, gratitude, and the body.

    play 2: Atlas left. (6)
    6 American preachers who died in white terrorist...
    A series of 4 texts in 11 parts for 6 performers exploring self-recognition, surveillance and voyeurism through a black queer framework.

    play 1: Untitled. (1-5)
    A choral hymn. A series of bullshit complaints. A centering ritual. Meditations on failure, joy, faith, gratitude, and the body.

    play 2: Atlas left. (6)
    6 American preachers who died in white terrorist attacks on their churches mime their deaths to 2000s gospel music.

    play 3: Freepersons. (7-9)
    An antebellum house music show about freedom, naming, and the trance of ownership.

    play 4: The body will betray me. (10-11)
    2 men make some twitter porn, and an FBI agent watches.
  • Try to smell me
    Every Tuesday, Kiddo shows his dance moves to his 40-year-old Skype friend Mr. Rose.