Dave Harris

Dave Harris

Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. ​His plays have been featured at Theater503 in London, Victory Gardens, Cherry Lane Theater, Great Plains Theater Conference, Kennedy Center, UMASS Amherst, and Fault Line Theater Company. He is a member of The Working Farm on SPACE at Ryder Farm, a two time finalist for the O'Neill Theater Conference, and a semi-finalist for The Relentless Award 2016...
Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. ​His plays have been featured at Theater503 in London, Victory Gardens, Cherry Lane Theater, Great Plains Theater Conference, Kennedy Center, UMASS Amherst, and Fault Line Theater Company. He is a member of The Working Farm on SPACE at Ryder Farm, a two time finalist for the O'Neill Theater Conference, and a semi-finalist for The Relentless Award 2016. He has received fellowships and awards from The American Playwriting Foundation, Cave Canem, Callaloo, Yale University, UC San Diego, The Kennedy Center, and the New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op High School.

Dave graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Theater Studies and is a second year MFA Playwright at UC San Diego.

Plays

  • INCENDIARY
    Incendiary tells the journey of a Black single mother who is preparing to break her deathrow-bound son out of prison. She navigates the practical steps of planning her son's prison break, like purchasing guns, getting a personal trainer, and preparing her daughter for a lonely life ahead. A collision between the absurd and the tragic, Incendiary complicates topics like generational violence, heroism, and...
    Incendiary tells the journey of a Black single mother who is preparing to break her deathrow-bound son out of prison. She navigates the practical steps of planning her son's prison break, like purchasing guns, getting a personal trainer, and preparing her daughter for a lonely life ahead. A collision between the absurd and the tragic, Incendiary complicates topics like generational violence, heroism, and the gendered expectations of emotional labor in Black families.
  • TAMBO & BONES
    Tambo and Bones are two characters in a minstrel show. They soon come to realize that they are, in fact, just two characters in a minstrel show. This realization brings them great distress. All they want is some quarters and a nap. They decide that there is only one solution: they must find and kill the source of all their troubles. TAMBO & BONES interrogates the intersection of race and capitalism, and the...
    Tambo and Bones are two characters in a minstrel show. They soon come to realize that they are, in fact, just two characters in a minstrel show. This realization brings them great distress. All they want is some quarters and a nap. They decide that there is only one solution: they must find and kill the source of all their troubles. TAMBO & BONES interrogates the intersection of race and capitalism, and the connection between pain, profit, and audience.
  • EVERYBODY BLACK
    A MAD BLACK HISTORIAN is offered lots of money to record the definitive version of THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICATM even though he has never met another Black person before. With capitalism and white approval on his side, he assembles a pastiche of Blackness in America a la George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, which includes a Slave and a Black Millennial arguing about whose day was harder, a talk show for...
    A MAD BLACK HISTORIAN is offered lots of money to record the definitive version of THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICATM even though he has never met another Black person before. With capitalism and white approval on his side, he assembles a pastiche of Blackness in America a la George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, which includes a Slave and a Black Millennial arguing about whose day was harder, a talk show for Black people who are addicted to dating white people, a Tyler Perry spoof, and a visit from Barack Obama.
  • WHITE HISTORY
    BONNIE and TODD, a cage-free, kale-bred, colorblind white couple have just moved into a new home after accidentally burning down their previous homes. They are surprised when an exiled KKK Member kicks in their front door with a rope and a revolver, mistaking them for the Black couple that also just moved in next door. Naturally, there is a dinner party. An unapologetic and bold new comedy, White History...
    BONNIE and TODD, a cage-free, kale-bred, colorblind white couple have just moved into a new home after accidentally burning down their previous homes. They are surprised when an exiled KKK Member kicks in their front door with a rope and a revolver, mistaking them for the Black couple that also just moved in next door. Naturally, there is a dinner party. An unapologetic and bold new comedy, White History contends with the violence of America's foundation and the comedy of American progress.
  • SHITTY SHITTY TERRIBLE BAD REMORSE
    On the first day of school during his opening day speech, Principal Mark Fifer confesses to having committed a violent crime in his past. With the knowledge of this crime, two kindergarteners must grow up and learn life lessons from gym teachers, piano teachers, and perhaps the least qualified teachers of all: their parents. They must wrestle with what it means to leave a legacy when you are burdened with the...
    On the first day of school during his opening day speech, Principal Mark Fifer confesses to having committed a violent crime in his past. With the knowledge of this crime, two kindergarteners must grow up and learn life lessons from gym teachers, piano teachers, and perhaps the least qualified teachers of all: their parents. They must wrestle with what it means to leave a legacy when you are burdened with the shame, remorse, power, and privilege of everyone that came before you, and the weight of all the horrible things you are bound to do in life.
  • EXCEPTION TO THE RULE
    Five Black high school students are stuck in detention on the Friday before a long weekend. Business is as usual until ERIKA, the college-bound star of the worst high school in the city, shows up to her very first detention. As the play progresses, we learn why each of them has been sentenced to seemingly never-ending detention. Exception to the Rule attacks the issue of surviving in an institution that was not...
    Five Black high school students are stuck in detention on the Friday before a long weekend. Business is as usual until ERIKA, the college-bound star of the worst high school in the city, shows up to her very first detention. As the play progresses, we learn why each of them has been sentenced to seemingly never-ending detention. Exception to the Rule attacks the issue of surviving in an institution that was not built for you. Maybe you smoke some weed in detention. Maybe you find love in detention. Maybe you wait for something to change in detention. But no matter how we survive, maybe we're all stuck here together.
  • COLOR TV
    Originally commissioned by New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op High School:

    An all-Black television station is bought by a white television station, and soon the characters realize what it means to be "cancelled." A play about space, performance, and what it means to own your story.

    "Why we gotta die to see heaven?"
  • CONSTITUTION AVE
    Originally commissioned by New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op Highschool:

    Constitution Ave. place on the front porches of two homes in the city. A group of ol' folks lament the changing neighborhood. Two cops search for stolen property. Some white private schoolers try to "save the hood." A squad of teenagers protect their home and each other from a country that does not view them...
    Originally commissioned by New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op Highschool:

    Constitution Ave. place on the front porches of two homes in the city. A group of ol' folks lament the changing neighborhood. Two cops search for stolen property. Some white private schoolers try to "save the hood." A squad of teenagers protect their home and each other from a country that does not view them as people. A play about home, love, and finding peace in world of oppression and violence.

    "All that sky and you still smiling. Ain't that magic? Ain't fighting? Ain't that home?"
  • THE BIRTH OF TOBY
    TEN MINUTE PLAY:

    A white couple has to confront their own racism once they discover that, after an anonymous sperm donation, they've given birth to a Black child.