I have been writing since childhood. I loved to listen to “the old folks” tell stories. I like writing stories that touch the heart; that can turn laughter into tears and spark conversation.
Writing has been a healer: being the child whose father died of cancer when I was six and my brother committing suicide when I was sixteen are events that shaped me in a way that writing helped cope with the sadness. There have been so many stories from his family history that can make great theater. I like taking a nugget of an incident and create a story. After spending a week on jury duty last summer sparked the idea for “Convictions”, the story of a black man who has a surprising encounter with the black man that was convicted in the trial he was on. Now this play is a winner in 2019 Fade to Play Festival.
In addition to Convictions, I have written a full length play, Pass the Cornbread, about a family dealing with the suicide of the favorite son/brother; what happens when other family members come home for the funeral and then a family member decides it’s the perfect time to tell a long held family secret. I’ve had two readings of the play – the most recent one, I worked with a community center and had teenagers as the actors which added an interesting viewpoint to the story.
I am currently working on my 10 minute play series, Black Men Talk, which will include “Convictions” along with “Dad Talk”, “The Anniversary”, “OBG (Only Black Guy)” and “Billy the Bully”.