Desert in Dark
OTF 2021

Our inaugural season was an amazing success!

In just a short time we were able to celebrate an amazing collection of original Black Stories, feature the work of emerging Black voices, and illuminate the rich diversity of experiences relevant to the African diaspora in America.

run of show 

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YOU CAN STILL ENJOY OUR CONTENT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN COUCH!

OBSIDIAN

THEATRE FESTIVAL 

Black Stories. New Stage

 

 
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OPENING  CEREMONIES

(original premiere date)

THURSDAY, MARCH 25

7:00  pm  EST

Featuring:

Jessica Care Moore

Betty Alexandria Pride

Nicole Johnson Williams

David Caroll

John Sloan III

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PAPA JENNINGS IS GONE

(original premiere date)
THURSDAY, March 25
7:20 pm EST

The patriarch of the family has passed away. His widow is devastated. Wait, just how did he die?

 

​Written by:  Aseneth Elizabeth Parker

Directed by:  Jasmin Richardson

Featuring:

Jezar Riches

Gayle Martin

Dan Johnson

Assata Haki

 
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20/20

(original premiere date)

THURSDAY, March 25
8:00 pm EST

When two people are entangled by a shared love and past, a long night together reveals their hidden regrets and leaves them asking, “What if?”

Written by: Carollette Phillips &
Edmund Alyn Jones

Directed by: Brian Demar Jones

Featuring:

Nicole Hunt

Henri Franklin

 
 
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MAKIN' BOND

(original premiere date)
FRIDAY, March 26

7:15 pm EST

They said there would NEVER be a Black James Bond then came Bond. James Bond.

Written by: Louis Johnson

Directed by: Kelli Crump

Featuring:

Sean Paraventi

Sarah Stevens

Nate John Mark
Doug McCray

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METAPHOR IN 3 ACTS

(original premiere date)

FRIDAY, March 26

8:00 pm EST

In this circular philosophical narrative, a group of strangers awake, confined in a room with no exits. The adage “what side are you on” boils to a breaking point when two people who look, sing, dance, and pray like each other have opposing viewpoints about the urgency of the situation. Ultimately, this play is about the struggle of sustained uprisings in a freedom movement.

Written by: Maria A. Judice

Directed by: Mykai Eastman

Featuring:



Gayle Martin

Mike Sandusky

Carman Cooper

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MOTHERS BOYFRIEND IS
AN ASS 

(original premiere date)
SATURDAY, March 27

7:20 pm EST

A play that reveals what happens when you mix a simple outing to Walmart, two best-friends experiencing a mid-life crisis, a mysterious boyfriend, and Tina Turner!

Written by: Shashone Lambert Short

Directed by: Mykai Eastman

Featuring:

Devion Ross

Ashley Lyle

Alesyn McCall

 
 
 
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DEAR LIL'

(original premiere date)
SATURDAY, March 27

8:00 pm EST

Author Morgan Heyward chronicles her experience as growing up in a mixed race household, graduating from a diverse high-school and attending a predominantly white college

Institution.
 

Written by: Morgan Heyward
Directed by: Casaundra Freeman

Featuring:

Alex Lugo

Bryana Hall

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A NIGHT AT THE

CABARET

A nightly collection of music centering Black artists, composers, and lyricists.

Featuring:

Lulu Fall (Broadway Actress)

Lyons & Pakchar (Broadway writing team) Kris Johnson (Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Nicole Johnson Williams (Motor City Dance Factory)

Betty Alexandria Pride (Baker's Keyboard Lounge)

Brian Buckner

Mike Sandusky

Paris Mason