A Trilogy of New, Socio-political, Multidisciplinary Plays

Our trilogy of new, socio-political, multidisciplinary plays will incorporate dance from various parts of the world, martial arts, aerial arts, multimedia/video art, audience participation, and fusions of folkloric and contemporary music. Read on for more information about each play and please support these ambitious works by donating below! 

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Script-to-Comic Series

Thanks to Covid-19, theaters are dark across the US so we're converting full or partial scripts into graphic novels for you to enjoy until you can be back in the audience. 

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1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row (A Rock Opera)

Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but an immigrant woman condemned to death by the American criminal justice system. 1001 Nights... is an immersive feast for the senses featuring stories from the ancient Middle East, North Africa, India, and beyond accentuated by an original music score consisting of Hip Hop, Rock, and World Music. The show explores marginalized experiences of ethnicity, religion, sex, and sexual orientation within Western and Eastern cultures and takes a critical look at the prison-industrial complex.

After several downtown theater commissions, the script was solicited by the Off-Broadway Public Theater in 2015 and is currently being reviewed by another Off-Broadway company. A SPANISH-LANGUAGE version of show won a prestigious HOLA award in 2016 for "Outstanding Musical" and a New York Latin ACE Award for "Best Musical" as well as several other awards. One of Egypt's premier composers, the world-renowned Hossam Ramzy, called the music "Inspiring."

Jaguar Woman

Trickster-storyteller, Enitan, guides you through Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous culture in Jaguar Woman—an immersive murder mystery and love story that observes what happens when corporate greed and religious imperialism threaten a small community.


Though focused in Brazil, Jaguar Woman is commentary on all "Western" culture—including that of the United States—a poignant reminder that the real-world threat of fascism looms even as the borders of reality fade. The full script for Jaguar Woman was recently solicited by an Off-Broadway company. Wish us luck!

The Art of War and Hip Hop

The Art of War and Hip Hop draws heavily from world folklore, especially Chinese mythology, and pays homage to the unique intersections that can be found between imported martial arts movies from the '70s and '80s, Eastern pop culture, and American Hip Hop culture. Experience exciting approaches to post-covid theater as well as pressing social issues.

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