Common Crow Theatre presents a staged reading of Marlow Wyatt’s play “Listen, A Black Woman Is Speaking”, an outspoken exploration into the complexity of Black womanhood. Just two days before she is to speak at a White conservative women’s luncheon, playwright Penelope Weintraub’s characters empower her to finally speak her truth.
Centred around the hypocrisy of rampant physical and psychological violence against Black women in America, Wyatt’s play echoes across the African diaspora, breaking the culture of silence around suffering that so many women carry.
Following the reading, there will be a talkback hosted by Esosa Ighodaro to discuss the intricacies of Black femininity and solidarity between the Black Irish Community and the greater African diaspora.
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Writer – Marlow Wyatt
Director – Joy Nesbitt
Design – Jess Kane
Writer – Tishé Emmanuella Fatunbi
Black Woman 1 – Siobhán Matshazi
Black Woman 2 – Leah Minto
Black Woman 3 – Colleen Keogh
Marlow Wyatt is a playwright and actor. She received her BFA (magna cum laude) from Howard University College of Fine Arts. She is a 2022/23 LA New Play Project grant recipient, a 2022 Lower Depth Commission Fellow, 2022 AGE Legacy Grant recipient, Antaeus 2021 NEXT Commission Artist, Support Black Theatre’s 2021 As We Grow We Sow Awardee, 2021 SBT New Works Pipeline Artist, 2016 Long Beach Playhouse New Works winner and a CTG/Humanitas Playwrights Prize finalist. Selected works include: SHE (2023 World Premiere/Antaeus Theatre); Robbin, from the Hood (2024 Road Theatre World Premiere, Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist); Listen, A Black Woman Is Speaking (2023 Common Crow Theatre/Dublin, Ireland, Third Rail Repertory, CoHo Theatre readings, 2022 Plays In Motion Moving Arts workshop); Red Ribbons (2022 Voices for Victory Reading Series, 2021 Headwaters New Play finalist); Bread and Circus (2023 No Noise Reading Series – A Noise Within/Lower Depth Theatre Co. Cycle of Poverty Fellowship) and The Things We Leave Behind (NEXT Commission/Antaeus Theatre Company). For more information visit marlowwyatt.com or follow her on IG @marlowwrites.
Joy Nesbitt is a director, writer, and musician originally from Dallas, Texas. Joy is inspired by stories of Black Femininity and postcolonial imagination. In 2022, Joy attended the Theatre Directing MFA at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a 2021 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts for the sum of her artistic activities at Harvard University. Joy is currently a 2023 Director SEED for Rough Magic Theatre Company and a member of the 2023 Rachel Baptiste Programme at Smock Alley Theatre. Joy’s directing credits include The King of All Birds by Martha Knight (2023), endings. by Fionntán Larney (2023), Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2022), Reflections by Joy Nesbitt and Pedro Pacheco (2022), Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute (2021); R+J: An Ultramodern Fantasia by William Shakespeare (2020); God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (2020); Dreamgirls by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen (2020); Mamma Mia (2019); and A Very Potter Musical (2018). She has assisted on productions by Ronan Phelan, Dan Colley and Tom Creed. Joy has also written three full plays: Good (2023), Julius Caesar Variety Show (2022), and Meditations on Somebodiness (2021).
Arts Council Ireland
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Themes of Racism and Racist, Violence, Discussion of Sexual Assault
Discussion hosted by Esosa Ighodaro on “the intricacies of Black femininity and solidarity between the Black Irish Community and the greater African diaspora”