Playwriting and Theatre

Check out page 14 of the newly released Metro Times 2023 Fiction issue for a new work by Shawntai! “When We Were Close” is a short play about a lesbian at a straight bar who longs for the platonic friendships of her past.

Shawntai is the first ever playwright to be invited to submit to the fiction issue!! (DJ, cue celebratory horns)

This issue is full of amazing writers from the Metro Detroit area! Find it at various stores and bars scattered throughout the city!

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Want to  create with Shawntai & other Black LGBTQ+ identified creatives? Join us through June 14! Register Here & Learn more about Black LGBT+ Plays

UPCOMING 2023 SHOWS

 
SOFA STORIES (created by Andrew Morton) – Several playwrights, including Shawntai, will create monologues based on conversations with those affected by housing insecurity, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. Performance dates & process for performance requests to be announced summer 2023. Learn more here.

 

PAST PERFORMANCES & WORK

Watch filmed production of “WE OWN EVERYTHING” now

Facebook: “We Own Everything” Produced by Obsidian Theatre Festival – FULL VIDEO

Obsidian Theatre Festival On Demand: https://www.obsidianfest.org/watch

 

 

 

 

Links to The Work

eLLe Kalamazoo interview by Laura Kay Henderson (founder of Queer Theatre Kalamazoo) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaWwPUyOJco

Revue – Review of eLLe New Position – https://revuewm.com/arts/theatre/item/4255-review-elle-lovingly-captures-the-modern-experience

WMUK – eLLe 10 announcement – https://www.wmuk.org/post/art-beat-theater-change-society

WMUK interview 2015 – https://www.wmuk.org/post/series-based-l-word-returns-tell-untold-lgbt-stories

WMUK – Theater to change society clip with eLLe mention – https://www.wmuk.org/term/queer-theatre-kalamazoo-0

Ghost Town – The Dirty Blondes – https://www.thedirtyblondes.org/detroit-ny.html

Harlem9 48 Hours in Detroit – https://www.harlem9.org/48hours-in-detroit-2019

Review eLLe installment 10 “This Lane Open” – https://revuewm.com/arts/theatre/item/4640-review-elle-is-a-night-of-high-quality-totally-original-theater?fbclid=IwAR1bprB11n3nFnjjbGI48ZxfR0t1-zIBS7lSigIqbxLh6FjOJR_C9JlQBao

 

Plays Produced

 

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“Church Hats,” New Play Workshop, Western Michigan University, 2008
“eLLe 1: The L Word continued,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2010.
“eLLe 2: The L Word continued,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2010.
“eLLe 3:,” PULSE Organic, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 4: Going the Distance,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 5: You’ve Made Your Bed,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 6: Shift,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2012.
“Breadcrumbs: Journey to Authenticity,” Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center, 2013
“eLLe 7: Can We Talk,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 2013
“Ghost Town,” (author) Detroit, NY 10-minute Play Festival, The Dirty Blondes Theatre, New York, NY, 2014.
“eLLe 8: Every Door the Closes,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2015.
“A Detroit Carol,” (co-authors, acting) Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Light Up Livernois, 2016.
“eLLe 9: New Positions,” Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, theatrical series, 2018.
“We’re Here,” (co-author, acting) Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Light Up Livernois, Voices from the Neighborhood, 2018.
“We Own Everything,” 48 Hours Detroit, Alessee Hall, 2019.
“When the Moon Yells,” Detroit Fringe Festival, Jam Handy, 2019.
“eLLe 10: This Lane Open,” Face Off Theatre, Epic Center Kalamazoo, Mi, 2019.
“Don’t Break Up Over Text,” Violet Surprise: Lez Beaus, The Martin, Chicago, Il, Feb. 2020.
“8:46”, (written in collaboration with Sean Paraventi, Angela King) The Breath Project, nationwide virtual screening, October 2020
“Cut Short”, Gay4Detroit One Act Festival, The Ringwald virtual, Detroit, MI, October 2020.“Out of Body”, Hear Our Cry, Peppermint Creek Theatre virtual, Lansing, Mi, October 2020.“We Own Everything,”revised production to premier at Obsidian Theatre Festival, June 2022.
“We Own Everything”, Obsidian Theatre Festival, YMCA Family Boll Theatre, Detroit, MI, June 2022.

 

Staged Readings

Staged reading of “When The Moon Yells” Ann Arbor Civic Theater virtual, Ann Arbor, Mi, October 2020.

“Covert: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement,” Douglas Center DYAC, Kalamazoo, 2013.
“Morgue,” staged reading, The Play’s the Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, 2015.
“Hardyman,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Community Night, 2015.
“Bridge to Canada,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Community Night, 2015.
“67 Rebellion: A memoir play,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Northwestern Unitarian Universalist, 2018.
“Her Name Was A’laika,” The Plays The Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mi, Jan. 2020.
“Don’t Break Up Over Text,” The Plays The Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mi, Jan. 2020.
“Cut Short”, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo virtual, Kalamazoo, Mi June 2020.
“The Aretha Project”, (devised theatre written by EMPT playwrights) Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Detroit, Mi, September 2020.
“When The Moon Yells,” Ann Arbor Civic Theater virtual, Ann Arbor, Mi, October 2020.

“Happy Born day,” Purple Rose Theatre, virtual, Chelsea, Mi, February 2021.

“Ales Awake,” The Vagrancy, virtual,  Michigan, 2021.

PAST READINGS

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