IS GOD IS
by ALESHEA HARRIS
INTRODUCed BY DAWN LUNDY MARTIN
WINNER OF THE 2016 RELENTLESS AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN PLAYWRITING FOUNDATION
Blending tragedy, typography, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk, Is God Is is a classic revenge tale about two sisters that looks like no other play. In this necessary new work by playwright Aleshea Harris, emotions are laid bare through gaps in language and characters are a window into the canon as well as our own broken times.
A rigorous new work that unearths our deepest fears about humanity and who we think we are in relation to ourselves and the divine.—Dawn Lundy Martin
Family, as the old tragedians knew, is our first country. Therefore, it’s the earth from which we forge our first weapons, the fields of our first wars, the very turf over which we fight. With Is God Is, Aleshea Harris audaciously scours tragedy down with the rough edge of a rock. To read this merciless play is to get blood in your eye — and in Harris’ sure grip, you’ll recall that blood washes and stains, can run hot or cold, means both violence and family. —Douglas Kearney
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aleshea Harris is a playwright, poet and educator who received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been presented at the Costume Shop at American Conservatory Theater, Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, freeFall Theatre Company, VOXfest at Dartmouth, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, La Comédie de Saint-Étienne- National Drama Center in France, the Skirball Center, The Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT and in the 2015 anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Harris is a MacDowell Fellow and winner of the 2016 Relentless Award from the American Playwriting Foundation for Is God Is.
Dawn Lundy Martin was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her first poetry collection, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering. Her collection Life in a Box is a Pretty Life was published in 2015 by Nightboat Books. A founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.