Miss Julie, Clarissa, and John
Angry Black Man Poetry
January 2009, Wheeling Jesuit University
February 2009, Teatr Śląski, Katowice, Poland
March 2009, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Halfway through writing this play the reality that there was a real possibility that a man of African decent could become our next president became more and more apparent. With that in mind I wondered how would the world's opinion of people of color change and how would this new world view affect not only this Culture Clash series and myself, but playwrights of African decent. Would our plays have to be labeled as period pieces? Pre Obama, post Obama?
I set the script aside for three months while thousands of thoughts roamed in and out of my conscious.
I finally returned to it fully dedicated to what the mission of the Culture Clash series is, which is to bring cultures together, here under one roof, to sit and laugh and cry, to rejoice and most importantly to learn about and from one another.
I dedicated this play to, well this is what it says in the script. "For the many wonderful and talented actors from my home town of Pittsburgh, whose mere appearance and nuanced approach to their craft, assist me in envisioning all of the theatrical possibilities that exist within our collaboration."
I hope you enjoy the evening and leave this place with some hope and belief that this country does have the possibility of a bright future. I certainly do. Oh, and just for the hell of it, go up and introduce yourself to a stranger at intermission. Shake hands and expand your repertoire.
Mark Clayton Southers
September 2007, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
The Exile of King Harold
October 2006, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
May 2006, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
December 2005, Bricolage Production Company's B.U.S., a 24 Hour Play Festival
Nine Days in the Sun
Won 2012 AAPEX Angel Effective Playwright Award and 2012 AAPEX Angel Masterpiece Award from African American Playwrights Exchange
May 2005, Pittsburgh
October 17 2011, African American Playwrights Exchange, Metro Parks Theatre Department, William Jenkins & Mary Coleman Theater Project, Nashville, Tennessee (staged reading). See video excerpts of two scenes. More press.
October 2004, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
The Girls From Kankakee
October 2003, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Ashes to Africa
When the Water Turns Clear
May 2001, ETA Creative Arts
September 2003, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Published in Best Black Plays: The Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting, edited by Chuck Smith, Northwestern University Press
Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting
First-Place Winner 2003-2004
February 2004, Columbia College Chicago Theater Department
October 2004, New Horizon Theater, Pittsburgh
February 2012, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Pomona, New Jersey
April 2013, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre