Harrison David Rivers

Harrison David Rivers

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award, McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships (Playwrights’ Center), a Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists) an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (New York Theatre Workshop) and the New York Stage & Film’s Founders’ Award. He is an alumnus of the Emerging Writers’ Group at the Public Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW and a Core Writer at the...
HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award, McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships (Playwrights’ Center), a Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists) an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (New York Theatre Workshop) and the New York Stage & Film’s Founders’ Award. He is an alumnus of the Emerging Writers’ Group at the Public Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. He was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Harrison’s work has been performed and developed at The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, LAByrinth, The Drama League, P73, The Movement, Sundance, The National Black Theatre, Diversionary (San Diego), About Face (Chicago), TheatreLAB (Richmond), Theatre Latte Da and Pillsbury House (Minneapolis) and The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

MFA: Columbia School of the Arts.

Plays

  • Where Storms Are Born
    Mourning the loss of her elder son Myles, Bethea tries to help her younger son Gideon through his grief. But as revelations surrounding Myles’ incarceration and death emerge, both mother and son must decide whether to fight or let go. With wit and empathy, this play reminds us of the courage and resilience it takes to chart a better way forward for the ones we love.
  • This Bitter Earth
    A protest brought them together. But now, as his white lover, a Black Lives Matter activist, immerses himself in the struggle, Jesse, a black man, must confront his own political apathy or risk his rights and their love. This gripping and intimate new play asks what is the real cost of standing on the sidelines?
  • The Sea & The Stars
    Simon is a lifeguard.
    Finn is terrified of water.
    Both, broken-hearted and adrift, have returned to the tiny beach town of Jupiter and to families who need them.
    A play about love, karaoke, and the sea.
  • And All The Dead Lie Down
    When an unexpected phone call upsets Alvin (HIV-) and Foss' (HIV+) usual Saturday routine, the couple must navigate a minefield of long suppressed resentments, past histories and hurt feelings.
  • Sweet
    Retha and Nina Baker have always been close-folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George returns home from college, the sisters' relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, "Sweet" is a...
    Retha and Nina Baker have always been close-folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George returns home from college, the sisters' relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, "Sweet" is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love.
  • When Last We Flew
    After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom to begin reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas town are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…