Terrence Colby Clemons and Eric B. Anthony (background) in the World Premiere of  bonded  (dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera, 2011)

Terrence Colby Clemons and Eric B. Anthony (background) in the World Premiere of bonded (dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera, 2011)

Eric B. Anthony (left) and Terrence Colby Clemons (right) in the World Premiere of  bonded  (dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera, 2011).

Eric B. Anthony (left) and Terrence Colby Clemons (right) in the World Premiere of bonded (dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera, 2011).

bonded

(Drama / 3m, 1f)

"To ignore history is to impede understanding of its ongoing impact, and therefore the course of progress. That is the determined aim of "bonded," playwright Donald Jolly's unsparing study of homosexuality within the legacy of slavery." — Los Angeles Times

A re-imagined slave narrative set in 1820. Sonny, Lily and Jack are the last remaining slaves on a crumbling, cash-strapped Virginia farm. When Asa, a “house boy” from New York, is brought in to help in the fields, repressed desires and memories of loss are unlocked, forcing Sonny and the other slaves to face their bridled passions and test the limits of the cruel world as they know it. This play is about four people who are simply trying to endure, and then what happens when Sonny and Asa fall for each other…

  • LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Playwriting for an Original Play (nomination)

  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater (nomination)

Jacob B. Gibson (center) and the cast of  Riot/Rebellion  (dir. Deena Selenow, 2015). Photo by Jenn Spain.

Jacob B. Gibson (center) and the cast of Riot/Rebellion (dir. Deena Selenow, 2015). Photo by Jenn Spain.

The cast of  Riot/ Rebellion  (dir. Deena Selenow, 2015). Photo by Amber LaRosa.

The cast of Riot/ Rebellion (dir. Deena Selenow, 2015). Photo by Amber LaRosa.

Riot/rebellion

(Docudrama / 3f, 3m)

Riot/Rebellion revisits the historic six days in August 1965 when the struggle of race, class, and power exploded in the once-ignored section of Los Angeles known as Watts. First-person interviews are weaved together in a theatrical piece that seeks to make harmony from the discordant voices of a community that refused to be silenced. Riot/Rebellion was commissioned, developed and produced by Watts Village Theatre Company.