Forest Winthrop, a 19-year-old unarmed black man, is shot and killed by a white police officer. In the months and years that follow, his loved ones struggle to cope in the aftermath of his death and to find a way to move on amidst their anger and grief.
"This ambitious, vibrant new play—written by Geraldine Inoa and directed by Niegel Smith—is performed without an intermission, but it has two distinct, contrasting acts. The first is set on a trash-strewn stoop in Bed-Stuy, four months after the shooting of a black teen-ager from the neighborhood by a white cop. A series of beautifully written scenes involving four people who were close to the young man—played by Roland Lane, Tanyamaria, Alana Raquel Bowers, and Michael Oloyede, all members of the Bats ensemble—powerfully and passionately convey the sadness, anger, tension, and despair of the tragedy." - The New Yorker
"Ms. Inoa, a playwright to watch melds various styles here, moving from the rap opener to a naturalistic first act. The second act...shifts into the unsettling, urgently heightened landscape of Sebastian's nightmare. You can feel the influences here — Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Spike Lee and James Scruggs come to mind — Ms. Inoa nonetheless uses them in service of her own sharp vision." - TheNew York Times
"A passionate new voice screaming to be heard." - Time Out New York
“The play is gloriously black. It welcomes people from all cultural and racial backgrounds, but lets us know we're guests in this space. The characters in Inoa's Brooklyn aren't there to educate or enlighten white people, they're not there to be mere morality tales, they're there to exist, to be given opportunities they might not be given in real life. They are there to be listened, not argued or conversed with.” - Talkin’ Broadway
Alana Raquel Bowers in SCRAPS at The Flea Theater, photo by Hunter Canning
Roland Lane, Alana Raquel Bowers, Michael Oloyede, and Tanyamaria in SCRAPS at The Flea Theater, photo by Hunter Canning
Roland Lane, Tanyamaria, Bryn Carter, Alana Raquel Bowers, and Michael Oloyede in SCRAPS at The Flea Theater, photo by Hunter Canning
RECKONING: FURIES FROM A NEW QUEER NATION
Cast of 8
2015: a year when the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on marriage equality coincided with a record number of trans women being murdered. Reckoning: Furies from a New Queer Nation examines the most pressing issues affecting Queer America today: gay white male privilege and the systemic oppression of trans women. Because when a Supreme Court ruling like marriage equality passes, we must ask: what did we accomplish and who did we leave behind?
Reading at the Atlantic Theater Company as part of the Amplified Reading Series, March 2018