This year’s festival features five new plays, four by Texas writers and one by a local high school student. TEACH, by poet/author/playwright Camika Spencer, is a new drama depicting the powerful encounter and shocking "life lesson" between a teacher and one of her students. Directed by Rene Miche’al, the production features new comer, Jamie Jordan and Desoto High School student, Mariah Crawford. HIM/HER, a moody multi-media piece exploring “Black love” and the complicated relationship between a musician and his girlfriend, is written by Mary Hill Spigner, a writer based in Tyler, Texas. HIM/HER will mark Camika Spencer's directorial debut and features two dynamic young actors, Brentom “Chuck” Jackson and Shayla Kelley.
DRUMS OF MY SO BLACK ME, written by artist and company member, Chris Herod, is the festival's "throw back" show. This hard hitting and irreverent piece about being a Black man in America was first produced in 1998 and has been revised for new audiences sadly, in light of still relevant current events. Florida native, Reginald Hanna, will once again lend his stealth directing skills to this piece that will feature Djore Nance, Kenny Braxton, Brentom “Chuck” Jackson and newcomer, Jarrett Goer. Soul Rep co-founder and Executive Director, Anyika McMillan-Herod, will present SCENES FROM THE MONARCH, developed this past year in the Dallas Theater Center’s Dallas Playwrights Workshop, with Will Power. Directed by actress/director Monique Williams, the play is an inspiring, funny and compelling journey through breast cancer. It will feature veteran actors Rene Miche’al, Kyndal Robertson, and McMillan-Herod, who is a seven year breast cancer survivor.
The final offering of this year’s festival is written, directed, and performed by students of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Directed by Amariah Williams, 110 Percent by Max Sedacca, features Emir Price and Adam Sedacca. The play explores a young man’s journey toward “coming out.”