Hoodoo Love is Hall's debut play, a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets in 1930s Memphis, written in vivid language which captures the spirit of the Blues.
Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is set in a Memphis beauty shop/boarding house during the final days of WWII. Rich with humor and history, it is a story about friendship and finding love in unexpected places.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2009, The Mountaintop is a historical-fantastical two hander, portraying the penultimate day in the life of Martin Luther King.
Hurt Village won the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Set in a real-life Memphis housing project, it explores in vivid and at times brutal detail a long-lasting legacy of drug abuse, child abuse, crime, and self-hatred within a poor, working-class, multi-generational Black family.
This first collection of Katori Hall's dramatic works demonstrate her unique voice for the theatre, which is visceral, passionate and energetic. Hall portrays disenfranchised portions of society with fearless humanity and startling accomplishment.
Before meeting this woman David’s life consisted of playing in his high school jazz orchestra, playing with a jazz trio, and living and eating in his parent’s home. David’s family is closed knit and his parents (Oscar and Celia), and siblings (Michele and Bowen) are well aware of the life he wants to live; but now they must accept the fact that he wants to leave the old ways of his life and begin a new journey, one that involves travel and playing in a small band of jazz musicians. He looks up to the male members of the band (Jonas “Redd” Butler on bass, Germain “Slim” Dawson on drums), and admires the vocalist, Sheree Cole. Sheree would like to have a much more intimate relationship with David.
The band – Redd River – is counting on David’s playing and writing abilities but David becomes sidetracked by his feelings for Ophelia and the hold she has over him. He is so awestruck by Ophelia that he cannot develop relationships with other women his own age, one in particular (Marie Jones). This power that Ophelia has eventually draws him in to the use of heroin; as a social user at first, but eventually he becomes wickedly addicted. David’s drug use and womanizing eventually affects his performance as a musician and threatens his membership in the band.
Ra'Keeyah has million-dollar dreams. She's determined to come up, and she won't stop until she does. Nothing is going to stop her from getting the hottest clothes, the finest men, and money to burn. Easily influenced by her conniving girls Shayna and Quiana, Ra'Keeyah resorts to shoplifting, stealing married men's credit cards, and passing bad checks to get what she wants.
Ra'Keeyah is struggling to stay on top, and she has sunk to an all-time low when she meets Brick. He's a savvy, street-smart hustler who will surely take her young heart for a ride and make her want to change. Will she be able to resist, though, when Shayna comes to her with an idea that is sure to keep their pockets on swole? This idea could cost the girls a little more than they bargained for, along with teaching them that not everyone is to be tricked!
Both Neeci and Sha’quan are shook by this and it brings their relationship into question. Between Neeci trying to jumpstart her music career and Sha’quan’s potential baby mama drama, these two have to decide whether they’ll be doing it together or apart.
Find out in part two of the Gets Me Singing Series!
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