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Sunset Baby

Dominique Morisseau

Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573702754

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - An apartment in East New York, Brooklyn. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all – fatherhood. Sunset Baby is an energized, vibrant, and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide. One of the most exciting and distinctive voices in America.
"[A] smart and bracing new play about two generations of urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths." - New York Times

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Without ever sounding merely expositional, on the one hand, or dialectical, on the other, [Sunset Baby] covers vast acres of social and political ground. Among the subjects: the parallels between criminal acts in the name of revolutionary change and plain old street crime; the changing and unchanging face of paternal absenteeism; and the toll on trust — and the possibility of love — taken by a culture of survival." - New York Times

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The play's text contains the same politically charged voice Morisseau displayed in Detroit '67 — and it undoubtedly is one with sharp insight into the African-American experience and a passion for excavating its emotional nuances." - Theatre Mania
Sunset Baby premiered at the Labyrinth Theatre Company on November 6, 2013 under the direction of Kamilah Forbes. 
Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting

NINA - A shrewd drug dealer.
DAMON  - Her fast-talking lover and partner in crime. 
KENYATTA SHAKUR - Nina’s father and a fabled leader of a black-power underground movement several decades earlier.
Videos
  • Sunset Baby scene - Timeline Theatre

  • Sunset Baby scene 2 - Timeline Theatre

  • Sunset Baby City Theatre Trailer

  • Sunset Baby Rep Stage Trailer

Author
Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is an alumnus of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT; Northlight Theatre), Sunset  Baby (Labyrinth Theater Co – NYC; Gate Theater- London), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; ... view full profile

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