Artistically, what do you do and why do you do it?
I write plays about dangerous things, such as love and optimism.
I want to create a theatre that explores the cultural tensions inherent in being an African American woman living in a multicultural society that is still struggling with the painful legacy of racism and sexism. Sustain the complexity of what it means to be a female artist from the African diaspora with a non-traditional narrative. My plays often grapple with issues of identity, using sexuality and the politics of desire to explore the complicated intersections of race, class, and power. I enjoy culling history and the headlines for provocative and unexplored stories about working people and women from the African Diaspora. I toy with popular assumptions about race and gender, with the hopes of arriving at an entirely fresh perspective. Subverting expectations is part of my artistic mission. I like to begin with the familiar, then add structural and storytelling ingredients that are surprising, jarring, at times, playful, and, at times, painful.