Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander has written over 30 plays. He is the former playwright in residence for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. He is the author of Servant of the People; The Rise and Fall of Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party and I Ain't Yo' Uncle: The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin. He has a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Iowa Playwright's Workshop.

Plays

  • Revised THE CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER
    Monica has a new roommate. She spends more time with her girlfriend Shirley. She finds and job and does her last podcast. The three have Thanksgiving together.
  • Hatemachine
    Two Neo-Nazi skinheads kidnap an interracial couple and torture them in a bunker in rural Georgia.
  • Will He Bop, Will He Drop?
    An African American writer has a nervous break down in this over the top tragi-comedy where Jack Booker imagines he is the jazz percussionist Willie Bobo.
  • Handle With Care
    An autistic gay man brings chaos to a group home for people with special needs.
  • The Last Orbit of Billy Mars
    Billy travels to St. Louis driven by his unrequited love for Rita Mae, who he thinks is his soul mate. He does not realize how dangerous her brother Wendell really is.
  • Who's Afraid of Tiger Woods?
    A novelist down on his luck returns to his aging father's home to be judged by him during the early years of the Obama administration.
  • Super Bowl
    An expansion team becomes an NFL power led by a rookie black quarterback.
  • Air Guitar
    A black middle aged CPA becomes a rock star in his mind.
  • Bulletproof Hearts
    A black Oakland police officer abuses his school teacher wife and gay teenage son in the suburb of Walnut Creek, CA.
  • Freak of Nature
    A young woman, part human-part alien, born without a vagina, explores her sexuality.
  • Alien Motel 29: The Secret Outtakes of the Ebony Lady Macbeth
    An Afro-futuristic spin on the Scottish play.
  • A Preface to the Alien Garden
    A set from the street gang the Crips move from South Central Los Angeles to open up shop in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Servant of the People: The Rise and Fall of Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party
    The triumphant rise and tragic fall of Black Panther Party leader and co-founder, Huey P. Newton.
  • I Ain't Yo' Uncle; The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Characters created by Harriet Beecher Stowe return to put the author on trial for creating pickaninny tropes and stereotypes and not getting their story right. They use their agency to re-tell the story from a modern Afrocentric perspective.
  • The Content of Our Character
    This is the companion piece to Speaking Truth to Power. After finding a job and getting a new roommate, Monica decides to end her podcast.
  • Speaking Truth to Power
    While reluctantly sheltering in place due to the COVID 19 pandemic and after witnessing the police murder of George Floyd on TV, three longtime roommates have difficult conversations on race, class and black and white privilege.