Meet the Playwrights

As you likely know by now, Prescient Harbingers is a trilogy of three full-length plays: Gloria, Hooded & Hype Man. 

But what you might not yet know, is that each is written by an African-American male playwright. Each of these three offer their own perspective on themes that, we feel, overlap between each play.

Meet Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Gloria), Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm (Hooded) and Idris Goodwin (Hype Man)

Meet Branden

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, playwright of Gloria

Those of you who joined us for the first production outside of New York of An Octoroon in 2015 will remember Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ work. And speaking of remembering things, you theater nerds will remember the Pulitzer Prize winner in 2016 was Hamilton.

You may not know that Gloria was nominated for the Pulitzer that very same year.

Jacobs-Jenkins is also the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, the 2011 winner of the Helen Merrill Award in Playwrighting, Emerging Playwright, a Paula Vogel Award winner from the Vineyard Theatre in 2011, and in 2018 his play Everybody was also nominated by that most prodigious award that starts with a “p.”

But despite his lacking of awards and honors, Jacobs-Jenkins still managed to be a 2016 MacArthur Genius Award recipient.

Gloria is the third play of Jacobs-Jenkin’s that Mixed Blood has produced, including An Octoroon and Neighbors.

Meet Tearrance

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, playwright of Hooded

Arvelle Chisholm is a current member of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a recent MFA Playwriting graduate from the Catholic University of America.

Variety magazine calls him a “Rising Star” and American Theatre Magazine, a “person to watch.”

In 2016, he was named winner of both the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award at KCACTF.

Of his work, Arvelle Chisholm says:

I write plays that span space, time, and multiple universes; where memories lecture, elephants sing, and cotton fields grow in kitchens. I write plays where fourteen year old black boys wake up with blonde hair and blue eyes. I write plays where scenes stutter, stop, and then restart again.

Hooded: Or Being Black For Dummies premiered at Mosaic Theater in Washington D.C. His work has been developed with the Signature Theatre, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance, Endstation Theatre, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Meet Idris

Idris Goodwin, playwright of Hype Man

Having just premiered at Company One earlier this year, we are so excited to be presenting this production of Goodwin’s play Hype Man with Company One. It’s the first time we’re bringing Company One to Mixed Blood, and the first time featuring Idris Goodwin!

Goodwin is the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, KY for which he penned the widely produced And In This Corner: Cassius Clay

There’s a lot to love about Goodwin and his work, but let’s start with the fact that he’s from the Midwest: he was born in Detroit! And since that auspicious day, he’s gone on to be a playwright, director, orator and educator, having written nearly one dozen plays.

And in other awesome Goodwin trivia, he appeared on Sesame Street and NPR!

Grab your seats

And that’s just the three playwrights. Check out these other numbers:

3 playwrights, 3 directors, 5 races, 6 stage managers,
7 designers, and 13 actors portraying 27 characters
in 27 performances in 16 days.

It all begins Wednesday, Nov. 14 and runs for only 16 days.

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