The O’Neill Theater Center recognized my play Jimmy Carter’s Table as a semifinalist in the 2014 National Playwrights Conference. It’s a chunky full-length about President Carter’s secret visits to two families living in an industrial area in Pennsylvania as he writes his “malaise” speech in 1979. The presidential soul-searching sets off a collision between the public servants and their angry citizens, hinging on race, radicalism, and political posturing . The process of writing this piece has been as a collaboration with a whole slew of artists– including Jocelyn Bioh, Ayesha Ngaujah, Tracy Hazas, Ben Beckley, Alexis McGuinness– brought together by director Niegel Smith.
Here are a few photos from the Summer 2013 Vox Theater development workshop, taken by photographer Rob Strong.