THE IMMEASURABLE WANT OF LIGHT
by DAAIMAH MUBASHSHIR
INTRODUCed BY AMAUTA M. FIRMINO
WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY NELL PAINTER
The Immeasurable Want of Light is a collection of many short plays drawn from Mubashshir’s two-year personal practice of writing a play a day to capture and express the ever-shifting perspective of living in black skin. Inspired by Chris Ofili’s Afro Muses, each play is distinct in subject, form and tone, presenting a constellation of theatrical portraits.
July 1, 2018
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When you see the quote “she’s ahead of her time” it means that everyone else needs catching up. Do yourself a favor, catch up; be here now, and you will need not look back. Here lies Black.
— Raja Feather Kelly
As a photographer, I am drawn to Mubashshir’s ability to create images with her words. Images that cling to you, so vivid and visceral that you will want to read slowly and savor every word.
— Kelli Connell
What unites these wild permutations about blackness is a fundamental question that has always been relevant and will likely remain so: from where is value derived?
— Stephen Christensen
This collection of plays is a testimony to and an expression of life in the Black body and psyche. The work dares to meet the subject matter where it is, allowing it to tell the truth, shame the devil, and put a self congratulatory industry on notice. The time for niceties has come and gone. If theatre is to be revolutionary, it cannot be lukewarm, it must bring the fire. That is what Daaimah Mubashshir has done.
— Stacey Rose
a pageant/poem. luxuriant. o please
stage this blaze faceted jewel.
— Honor Moore
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daaimah Mubashshir is a playwright working in New York City. She is currently a member of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group and is an artistic affiliate of New Georges. Other plays include Rum for Sale, Here is Something About a Clock Face, Room Enough (For Us All) and Astro—Minstrelsy or The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente. Awards include a 2018 Audrey Residency with New Georges, a 2017 Stanford Calderwood Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, and a Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. www.daaimahmubashshir.com