In the play Ratus and Hattie, black friends visiting white friends are served dinner by two black robots, called “Rastus Robot, the Mechanical Negro,” that are salvaged prototypes of a kitchen appliance developed by Westinghouse in the 1930s. The play was selected for the prestigious National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays and was a 2019 finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for the Playwrights Realm’s Scratchpad Fellowship.
Set in Cleveland, The Art of Longing follows the lives of three “third-shift” people—those who guard and take care while the rest of us sleep. The characters’ secrets mask deeply held yearnings that manifest in fantastical abilities and anatomical switch-ups. The play was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2017 National Playwrights Conference, and received its World Premiere in the fall of 2018 at Cleveland Public Theatre.
The 10-minute play The Bomb, a dark comedy about two ex-lovers who run into each other a Black Lives Matter protest, has been published in “Black Lives, Black Words,” an anthology that aims to explore the black diaspora experiences in some of the largest multicultural cities in the world.
These are among the innovative and daring works created by 2018/2019 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow Lisa Langford.
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