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The blood—that’s where it started. When I was a kid I tried to cut it outta me.
— Tank from After Adam

Full-Length Supernatural Drama, One Intermission
2M, 1W

This play explores the history of an African-American family—a dynamic, but subtle take on the Oedipus myth as conceived in a working class neighborhood in San Pedro, California.

When Tank blows into town to inform his older brother Boyd that their father has committed suicide old childhood wounds are ripped open as Boyd's wife Ruth, who watches from the sidelines, is gradually drawn into their battle as familial roles and identity begin to blur.

This piece exorcises the notion that we become or marry what we simultaneously desire and loathe. As these two estranged brothers must cope with their father's suicide—psychological warfare ensues in an effort to reclaim family legacy, psyche, and identity. A dramatic meditation on death, grief, mourning and its cyclical nature this play is a vigil to one man's life and its self-fulfilling purgatory.

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Winner of the 2007 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center

Finalist for the 2006 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference

Finalist for the 2006 Ojai Playwrights Conference

Winner of the 2005 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center

Finalist for the 2004 Bay Area Playwright's Festival

Honorable Mention for the 2004 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Open Stage Program


February 2007
Tokyo International Arts Festival, Tokyo
directed by Shigkei Nakano

July 2007
PlayPenn, Philadelphia PA
directed by Jade King Carroll