Little Black Shadows
by ​Kemp Powers
directed by ​May Adrales
April 8, 2018 - April 29, 2018


“We is shadows. And shadows is seen, not heard.” In pre-Civil war Georgia, Toy and Colis spend long days on the plantation silently serving adolescent twins Mittie and Daniel. But in the dead of night their world comes alive, as they lie beneath their masters’ beds whispering stories to each other through a vent in the wall. When Father announces the family is moving to Louisiana, the children face uncertain futures. Do they dare come out of the shadows? A compelling testament to the power of the human spirit from one of America’s most promising playwrights.

Previews: April 8–12, 2018
First Night: April 13, 2018
Regular Performances: April 14–29, 2018

Recommendation: High school and above. Contains adult language.

Kemp Powers is a playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. His other plays include One Night in Miami…, The Two Reds, Christa McAuliffe’s Eyes Were Blue and A Negro by Choice. He received the 2013 Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Play (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) for One Night in Miami's world premiere at Rogue Machine Theatre. That production three additional LADCC awards, four NAACP Theatre Awards and an LA Weekly Theater Award. Its 2016 production at London’s Donmar Warehouse was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. Kemp's work has been developed at South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In television, he was recently a writer for Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access). He has toured nationally as a storyteller for the Peabody Award-winning series, "The Moth," and was one of the 50 storytellers selected for publication in their New York Times-bestselling book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion Press). Powers is a founding member of The Temblors, a producing playwrights collective in Los Angeles, where he resides.

Slave StoriesThe Federal Writers’ Project Sparked Inspiration for Playwright Kemp Powers
Little Black Shadows Playwright, Kemp Powers, found his inspiration from historical articles collected in the Federal Writers’ Project.
SCR Highlights Playwrights for Black History MonthSCR Highlights New Works By African American Playwrights in Celebration of Black History Month
​We are honored to have works by these African American playwrights being premiered and under commission. ​Learn more about these successful and unique artists.

Edgerton FoundationThis play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

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