This World Premiere play about an interracial couple in crisis by local playwrights Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller (Signature's Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes) melds sharp comic dialogue and moving spoken-word poetry on a journey about love and family, privilege and responsibility. Joy introduces us to Shiri and Alaia, navigating their first year together as a couple. Over the course of a few days, their relationship is tested by events that underline the radically different ways each of them, one African-American, one Ashkenazi Jewish, experiences the world. Strikingly personal in its intimacies, this World Premiere is a timely, poetic reckoning with joy and pain woven through deepest love.
Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller
Jason Loewith and Kevin McAllister
Production Stage Manager
With co-directors Jason Loewith and Kevin McAllister, and playwright Dani Stoller
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
free for members/$10 general public
Prior to opening night, co-directors Jason Loewith and Kevin McAllister sit down with one of the playwrights, Dani Stoller, to talk about the process of creating their new play.
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
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The Joy that Carries You examines the radical (and not so radical) differences in privilege and experiences of its two queer protagonists, an African-American woman named Alaia and an Ashkenazi Jewish-American woman named Shiri. The fault-lines in their relationship echo fault-lines in contemporary Black-Jewish community relations, which demand investigation in the wake of our country’s racial reckoning and its rising antisemitism. Join expert panelists Meredith R. Weisel, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, James Stowe, Director of Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and others as they consider how the longstanding allyship between Blacks and Jews has been tested in recent American history.
in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab Lobby
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Simply Sherri is well known for her love and erotic writing, but is unafraid to examine the totality of a black woman’s life, poetically illuminating subjects such as depression, misogyny and abuse, and surviving the political climate. Knowing how important it is to connect and share with young people, she has conducted workshops for DC Scores. She has also volunteered with DewMore Baltimore, becoming a “poetry auntie” to many.
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For The Joy That Carries You, the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab is using an "Alley Style" configuration where the audience is on two sides of a playing area running down the middle. Both sides are "good seats" and the action plays to both sides of the house. Seats with numbers in the 100s are on one side, and seats with numbers in the 200s are on the other. Seats in Row A for both sides are on the floor of the theatre. All other rows are on risers which require going up a few stairs.
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