Community News….Awkward Conversations
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Indianapolis, IN 46202
ABOUT THE EVENT
On Thursday, April 9 IndyHub and Mosaic City will host part two of an ongoing series, Awkward Conversations, that explores race and difference in the many ways that these elements can simultaneously enhance and complicate our worlds.
As a group, we’ll be attending a public performance of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea. Immediately following the show, the playwright and a number of the actors will join us for a discussion surrounding the content and themes of the play.
ABOUT THE PLAY (FROM THE PHOENIX)
18-year-old Dontrell Jones III decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.
Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to understand our past to prepare us for our future.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Nathan Alan Davis is one the nation’s up and coming new playwrights. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2014 and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nathan is currently a fellow in the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship Program at Juilliard. Other honors include: Jerome Fellowship finalist, Heideman Award finalist and Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist. Other plays include The Art of Bowing (IU Bloomington At First Sight Festival, 2014 L. Arnold Weissberger Award nomination) and The Wind and the Breeze (Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Lorraine Hansberry Award winner).
His plays have also been produced, presented or developed at Baltimore Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, San Diego Rep. and Source Festival (DC).
ABOUT THE TICKETS
Because Awkward Conversations is being hosted during the first week of the show, we’re able to secure tickets at $20 a person. After this first week, ticket prices increase–ranging from $27-$33. We’re so proud of and impressed by the work the Phoenix Theatre is doing that we think a $20 ticket for an incredible show, a free beer and truly meaningful conversation is well worth every penny (and more).
Be sure to use our promo code “awkwardconvos” for a free, post-show discussion beer!