Blacktop Sky

by  Christina Anderson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

"Christina Anderson’s Blacktop Skyserves as a mirror for issues in our society surrounding homelessness, police violence, relationships and above all, empathy." - San Diego Voice and Viewpoint

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 1f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Klass, a homeless, young Black man, sets up residence in the courtyard of the housing project where Ida Peters lives. Triggered by a fatal confrontation between a local street vendor and the police, Klass and Ida quickly develop a precarious bond against the backdrop of a restless neighborhood. Inspired by the Greek myth Leda and the Swan, Blacktop Sky examines the intersection of love, violence, and seduction.
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"Christina Anderson’s Blacktop Sky serves as a mirror for issues in our society surrounding homelessness, police violence, relationships and above all, empathy." - San Diego Voice and ViewpointRead More 

"[...] as compelling and persuasive as it is adroit." - San Diego Story, Read More

"A searing exploration of poverty, homelessness and social disquietude." - San Diego Gay and Lesbian NewsRead More 


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The blacktop courtyard of a housing project. 2008.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


5m, 1f
IDA – 18; Black American female. A realist, but also a romantic. Charming. Tough. Sweet.
KLASS – 25; Black American male. A wanderer. Observant. Quiet. Poetic. Strong.  
WYNN – 27; Black American male. Traditional. He prides himself on being a strong, sensible Black man. Plays tough although he’s rather sensitive.
THICK NECKS -  heard, not seen
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  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)


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Christina Anderson

Christina's work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada. Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two PONY nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, and Woursell Pri ...

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Blacktop Sky premiered at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO in January 2013 under the direction of Mykel Hill.

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