Xavier Clark

Xavier Clark

Xavier is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Turkey with West African roots. His plays include ICONS (dev.: IAMA Theatre Emerging Playwrights Lab, 2024 O’Neill NPC Finalist), backstroke boys (dev.: Fault Line Theatre, 2021 Blue Ink Award Finalist), supper (dev.: National Black Theatre, 2022 O’Neill NPC Finalist), retrofit(s) (dev.: UC San Diego, 2019 Lark Playwrights Week Finalist), and Where Angels Fear...
Xavier is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from Turkey with West African roots. His plays include ICONS (dev.: IAMA Theatre Emerging Playwrights Lab, 2024 O’Neill NPC Finalist), backstroke boys (dev.: Fault Line Theatre, 2021 Blue Ink Award Finalist), supper (dev.: National Black Theatre, 2022 O’Neill NPC Finalist), retrofit(s) (dev.: UC San Diego, 2019 Lark Playwrights Week Finalist), and Where Angels Fear to Tread (dev.: Echo Theatre Company). He is a recipient of a 2024 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers Conference, an Artistic Associate with Fault Line Theatre, and an alum of various programs, such as IAMA Theatre's 2022-23 Emerging Playwrights Lab, The Strides Collective's 2023 Emerging Playwrights Program and The Gatekeeper's Collective's inaugural "learning to love" playwriting fellowship, led by Donja R. Love. BFA in Drama: NYU Tisch, MFA in Acting: UC San Diego, Adjunct Faculty: Stella Adler Studio & Montclair State University

Plays

  • supper
    Maxwell and Greg reunite in the aftermath of a shared trauma for a dinner date. There's a thunderstorm outside and a missing person. But will these two friends make it to the morning to witness the calm after the storm? "supper" examines the ways in which black men fail to be soft with another and questions the possibility of trust and letting go when you have been hurt so deeply.
  • backstroke boys
    backstroke boys is a coming of age story that deals with the intersection of race, religion and sexuality. The play chronicles both the pain and joys of coming to terms with one's various social identities at a young age and how those identities work in tangent with one another to make someone full. On his first day of swim practice at a brand new high school, and country, Quentin befriends Zia, the...
    backstroke boys is a coming of age story that deals with the intersection of race, religion and sexuality. The play chronicles both the pain and joys of coming to terms with one's various social identities at a young age and how those identities work in tangent with one another to make someone full. On his first day of swim practice at a brand new high school, and country, Quentin befriends Zia, the captain of the swim team, and through their growing relationship they open up a whole can of worms. How can you hold on to your faith when your faith is showing grace and acceptance towards everything else but your own self?
  • retrofit(s)
    Xander is the newest employee at retrofits, a hip retail store in Los Angeles. As Xander begins to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of the retail world, him and his fellow millennial co-workers start to get tangled up in a web of relationships that eventually evaporates. Retrofit(s) examines the ways in which the millennial generation has been manipulated into subscribing to the "American Dream...
    Xander is the newest employee at retrofits, a hip retail store in Los Angeles. As Xander begins to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of the retail world, him and his fellow millennial co-workers start to get tangled up in a web of relationships that eventually evaporates. Retrofit(s) examines the ways in which the millennial generation has been manipulated into subscribing to the "American Dream" and the inescapable nature of cultural exploitation.
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread
    The year is 1970. Sterling and Betsy, Harlem royalties, find themselves in Istanbul, Turkey for Betsy's cabaret tour. When the two venture to the unknown parts of Istanbul,they encounter Tanju, a Zenne dancer by night and fortune teller by day, and their lives are changed forever. Through the lens of the 1971 and 1980 Turkish military coup's, "Where Angels Fear to Tread" grapples with the...
    The year is 1970. Sterling and Betsy, Harlem royalties, find themselves in Istanbul, Turkey for Betsy's cabaret tour. When the two venture to the unknown parts of Istanbul,they encounter Tanju, a Zenne dancer by night and fortune teller by day, and their lives are changed forever. Through the lens of the 1971 and 1980 Turkish military coup's, "Where Angels Fear to Tread" grapples with the impossibility of a love story between two people who come from two different countries that are under their own civil pressures, and the troublesome consequences of exoticizing the Middle East.
  • free kids
    We meet Quentin Aziz at age 13. He's probably the smartest kid at his middle school, he hates sports and all he wants to do is make dances with his best friends, Asel and Dilara on their summer break before eighth grade. When two American kids that his grandmother babysits join them on the southern coast of Turkey, all of their friendships get tested. Will these kids make it to the fall as friends? A...
    We meet Quentin Aziz at age 13. He's probably the smartest kid at his middle school, he hates sports and all he wants to do is make dances with his best friends, Asel and Dilara on their summer break before eighth grade. When two American kids that his grandmother babysits join them on the southern coast of Turkey, all of their friendships get tested. Will these kids make it to the fall as friends? A prequel to the play "backstroke boys", "free kids" is a meditation on the loss of childhood, the pressures to subscribe to principles of femininity and masculinity, and the painful journey of moving forward from what you once knew as "home".
  • ICONS
    When an established icon of a writer selects a younger Pulitzer prize winning author to interview him for a milestone newspaper article, lines between interviewer and interviewee get blurred as the interview spirals into a nauseating loop of chaos. ICONS grapples with the meaning of legacy, loving and letting go while still in the pursuit of peace, perfection and (im)mortality.