PLAYS

(2012) In Her Words (45 min) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Summary: Cass is up late finishing a paper and visited by the ghost of her idol, writer Lucille Clifton. Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston make appearances in this glimpse into the transformative lives of some of our most renowned entertainers who were pivotal in social justice movements in the United States. How far have we really come?

In Her Words was produced by Liberated Muse Arts Group and debuted at the MLK Public Library in Washington DC in Feb. 2012. It was later presented by the United States Peace Corps that month as part of its Black History Month Programming. In 2013, the production was showcased by Prince George’s County Library System (PGCLS), Alexandria Library System (ALS) in Virginia, the Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s and the Potter’s House in Washington, DC. In 2014, the production toured, returning to PGCLS, and ALS, and debuting at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.

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(2009) Running: AMOK (70 minutes) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Music Composed by Gary Young

Summary: LeShell, Nina and Camille are mental wrecks after the birth of their new babies. In a psychiatrist’s office they meet and commiserate before meeting the unstoppable Mama Belle. Will their lives ever know normal again?

Running: AMOK debuted in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest in Washington DC for a five show run. In 2011, Running: AMOK was presented by Liberated Muse Arts Group for a 5-day tour.

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(2009) Changing Muse (10 minutes) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Summary: Mammy’s excitement for the homecoming of her daughters Baby Phat, Sister Girl, and Afro Woman wanes in the midst of their incessant bickering and irreverent behavior. What are the consequences of their actions?

Changing Muse was included in the 2009 production of “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty”, performed and presented by The Saartjie Project. It appeared in productions of the show that appeared in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival and 2009 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference.

(2009) I Will Send For You (10 minutes) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Summary: Saartjie Baartman, later known as the Hottentot Venus, is excited about her chance to leave South Africa and earn riches for her family in Europe. Little does she know that her sister has a different reaction to the news of her impending travels.

I Will Send For You was included in the 2009 production of “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty”, performed and presented by The Saartjie Project. I Will Send For You appeared in productions of the show that appeared in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival and 2009 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. I Will Send For You is published in the book anthology Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012)

(2007) Shades of Black-A Thought in Progress (70 minutes) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Summary: Moon’s struggle with actualizing her true self is reflected in vignettes that depict the Jena 6 rally & Walk on Washington, a reality-show moment gone wrong, a beauty salon chat about “good hair” and a top-selling rapper who meets his worst nightmare.

Shades of Black debuted in 2008 at Morgan State University, presented by the Office of Residence Life. It had a sold-out three-day run.

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To book any of the plays listed above or to commission an original piece, contact us at LiberatedMuseArts@gmail.com

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