Aja Houston

Aja Houston

Aja Houston is a playwright who hails from Las Vegas and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelor of Theatre Arts Degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. Aja is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and, Actor's Equity Association....
Aja Houston is a playwright who hails from Las Vegas and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelor of Theatre Arts Degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. Aja is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and, Actor's Equity Association.

Some of Aja’s notable work includes, Journey to Alice (O'Neill Theatre Conference Semi-Finalist 2019, New Works Festival III Concert Reading, Pasadena Playhouse 2019, 2018 Inkwell Theatre Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2018) Counting (Inkwell Theatre Max K. Lerner Fellowship 2019, New Works Festival II Workshop Production 2018) Emina and Zubaida's Flight (Playwrights Arena Iron Tongues Festival, LATC 2017) Floating on Credit (published by The Dionysian 2017) Remembrance (DC Black Theatre Festival “Festival Favorite” 2014) and The Spooks (Towne Street Theatre 10 Minute Play Festival 2014, Los Angeles, CA, Flux Theatre Ensemble Food: Soul, 2013, New York, NY)

Plays

  • JOURNEY TO ALICE
    While flying cross country with her mother to a wedding, recently divorced Lynè has encounters with the unexpected and inexplicable, most significantly, Alice, her dead grandmother. These encounters threaten Lynè’s struggle to hold her world together.
  • FLOATING ON CREDIT
    When 240 years old Mr. America applies for yet another loan at 40 Acres and A Mule Bank he is in for a rude awakening. 396 years old bank manager, Ms. Black, wants him to pay what he owes, IN FULL.
  • REMEMBRANCE
    Holly and Robert are back in Florida for their ritualistic trip of mourning. These trips have taken a toll on their marriage, their sanity, and their happiness. This year threatens to break their marriage forever or save it.
  • WAITING (4,380,000 HOURS AND COUNTING)
    Welcome to The Middle, the afterlife for those who were killed for being threatening, for being Black, for being Spooks. For hundreds of years this place has existed with millions of black souls sitting in the circle to tell their stories, trying and failing to find the cure. When newcomer Proctor lands in The Middle she tests the veteran members Bland, Till, Martin, and Gray ties to each other, their beliefs...
    Welcome to The Middle, the afterlife for those who were killed for being threatening, for being Black, for being Spooks. For hundreds of years this place has existed with millions of black souls sitting in the circle to tell their stories, trying and failing to find the cure. When newcomer Proctor lands in The Middle she tests the veteran members Bland, Till, Martin, and Gray ties to each other, their beliefs, and resolve to keep working the program.
  • THE SPOOKS
    On a stormy Halloween night two families, one black and one white, are forced to prepare their sons to survive the ominous Spooks. They hope by arming their children with knowledge they won’t be violently taken from this world.
  • THE FLIGHT OF EMINA AND ZUBAIDA
    Twin sisters Emina and Zubaida are being held captive by the entity, The Dark One, after the brutal murder of their parents The Golden King and Queen at his hand. The Dark One cursed them, only giving them sixty-six days to break the spell or forfeit their lives making their souls and the Golden Kingdom his.

    Due to the curse, Emina and Zubaida appear to the outside world as demonic creatures...
    Twin sisters Emina and Zubaida are being held captive by the entity, The Dark One, after the brutal murder of their parents The Golden King and Queen at his hand. The Dark One cursed them, only giving them sixty-six days to break the spell or forfeit their lives making their souls and the Golden Kingdom his.

    Due to the curse, Emina and Zubaida appear to the outside world as demonic creatures that use seduction, coercion, and deception to keep residence in their bodies. Only a man, a Sir, can break the curse if they can correctly identify the true reflection of the women in the hall of mirrors. Due to the ineptitude of the Sirs, Emina, with her gift for logic, and Zubaida, with her gift for language, must find their own way to break free of their impossible captivity.

    Inspired by "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa" by Jan Potocki
  • SUPERWOMEN?
    The Jones sisters, Cleopatra, Grier, and Venus enter the “Superdome of Pageants”, Ms. B. Beautiful Contest. This year’s theme is Superwomen, which is fortuitous because are already apart of The Super Black Women (SBW) where they don fictional personas; Lion-Ara, Titanium, and Miss Fabulous. The surprise arrival of their mother, Mrs. Jones, who is the Oprah of pageants, puts on the pressure for them to prove...
    The Jones sisters, Cleopatra, Grier, and Venus enter the “Superdome of Pageants”, Ms. B. Beautiful Contest. This year’s theme is Superwomen, which is fortuitous because are already apart of The Super Black Women (SBW) where they don fictional personas; Lion-Ara, Titanium, and Miss Fabulous. The surprise arrival of their mother, Mrs. Jones, who is the Oprah of pageants, puts on the pressure for them to prove their mettle and to uphold the honor of the Jones family legacy. Can they complete their mission? After all, superwomen and beauty queens both want world peace right?