BurnBabyBurn: An American Dream

by a.k. Payne
Directed by Jacob Basri
The air conditioner at 1987 Apple St. been broke for a minute and it’s hot in the afterlife. Sky II comes to her lost grandmother looking for answers; Sky has got some blues records and a bunch of poems. As Sky tells her grandchild her story, they find ways to live through memory, and how to beat the heat. Loosely inspired by oral histories.

Friday August 19th at 7:30PM
Saturday August 20th at 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Thursday August 25th at 7:30PM and 10:30PM
Friday August 26th at 7:30PM and 10:30PM
Saturday August 27th at 2:00PM and 7:30PM

a.k. is a playwright, theatermaker, and artist theorist. Grandchild of The Great Migration(s), she and all her people hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. their plays love on and engage the interdependencies of Black pasts, presents and futures and seek to find/remember language that might move us towards our collective liberation(s). she holds a B.A. in English and African-American studies from Yale College and is currently pursuing an MFA in playwright from Yale School of Drama.

Jacob Basri is a director of new plays and classics. He is an alum of the Williamstown Theater Festival Directing Corps. The 2017/2018 Van Lier Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. His work has been seen at Sarah Lawrence College, Wow Haus, The Tank, Writopia Play Festival, The Flea, Dixon Place, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has enjoyed assisting a number of directors including Lila Neugebauer, Robert O’Hara, David Cromer, Rebecca Taichman, and Pam MacKinnon.