Sweet Maladies
The 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival
July 22, 2017

The 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival

Boston Court’s New Play Reading Festival presents readings of exciting new works in progress that are in keeping with Boston Court’s mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. Tickets are FREE and reservations are strongly recommended. You can reserve your tickets online or by calling our Box Office at (626) 683-6801.

Sweet MaladiesSaturday, July 22, 2017 @ 5pm
by Zakiyyah Alexander 
directed by Dominic Taylor

About the Play

Two years after slavery has been abolished, three recently freed girls play with the only game they know: history. What does it mean to be “freed”? Power struggles erupt as the women play an increasingly dangerous game of mistress and servant, especially when the mistress purports to love her servants. Everything changes when the lines of role-play and truth blur and then collide. A dark comedy set in the time of Reconstruction. Inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids.

About the Playwright

Zakiyyah Alexander is a writer for stage and television. Her plays include Girl Shakes Loose (Penumbra Theater, O’Neill Music Theater Conference), 10 Things to do Before I Die (Second Stage), The Etymology of Bird (Central Park Summerstage, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre), Blurring Shine (Market Theater, Johannesburg, NY International Fringe Festival), and The Good Muslim (EST/NYC). She is a recipient of a Joyce Award and a grant from the Map Fund for the development of Girl Shakes Loose with composer Imani Uzuri, featuring the poetry of Sonia Sanchez. Television credits include Grey's Anatomy, and 24: Legacy. Education: M.F.A. Yale School of Drama (Playwriting).

About the Director

Dominic Taylor a new transplant to SoCal, works all over the country and in a variety of forms. Last year, he directed Complicated Fun at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He re-envisioned the classic of the Harlem Renaissance Purple Flower (adapted by Keli Garrett) in Boston, MA. He directed the opera Fresh Faust at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the cantata The Negroes Burial Ground at The Kitchen in NYC, and Ride The Rhythm in the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival. He holds a Bachelors' and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Brown University. He is the former Associate Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre. He is a full Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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