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Shutter Sisters

Dates TBA

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

World premiere
A Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Mansa Ra (formerly known as Jiréh Breon Holder)
Directed by Donya K. Washington

A Globe-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2020 Powers New Voices Festival. Shutter Sisters tells the story of two women living parallel lives on the hardest days of their lives. A white woman named Michael attends her adopted mother’s funeral, while a Black woman named Mykal kicks her adult daughter out of her home. A heartfelt and surprising journey through womanhood, identity, and what it means to belong.

Cast and Creative

Creative

Mansa Ra (Playwright) is a Memphis, Tennessee native and proud Morehouse Man. Trained at Yale School of Drama, his plays merge the political with the poetic. For his professional debut, he returned to his Southern roots to tell a story blending Holder family lore with the little-known history of Nashville’s Freedom Riders. Too Heavy for Your Pocket won the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and subsequently had an extended Off Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre Company. This was followed by regional productions in cities from Los Angeles to Chicago, Des Moines to Houston, and more. Mr. Holder currently writes for NBC’s hit medical drama “New Amsterdam.” In June 2020, ...what the end will be is to be presented at Roundabout Theatre Company.

Donya K. Washington (she/her) (Director) Hometown Boy by Keiko Green (reading at Actor’s Express); You Will Get Sick by Noah Diaz (reading at Seven Devils New Play Foundry), The Way North by Tira Palmquist (readings at Seven Devils and Amphibian Theatre). Atlanta: Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck (Actor’s Express); An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Actor’s Express); Beautiful Blackbird (Alliance Theatre, Theatre for the Very Young); Come Back to Me and Manikato (Shakespeare in Paradise, Bahamas). Spunk (Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, Maine); NYC: Eve’s Song (workshop, The Playwrights Realm); God, Man and Devil (Target Margin Theatre); Pete the Girl (Rising Circle/Culture Project Women’s Center Stage); Little Louise (Fire This Time Festival); Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws (Target Margin Theatre); Cold Keener (Target Margin Theatre). 2008/2010 Women’s Project Lab. Van Lier Directing Fellow 2009, Second Stage Theatre. MFA, Directing - Brown University/Trinity Rep; BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Photos

Publicity Photos

Playwright Mansa Ra (formerly known as Jiréh Breon Holder). Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Playwright Mansa Ra (formerly known as Jiréh Breon Holder). Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Donya K. Washington. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Donya K. Washington. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.