NARCOLEPSY, INC by Sikivu Hutchinson is debuting at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as one of the few Fringe plays written, produced, and directed by an African American woman. The piece is a speculative fiction, sci fi play set in a corporate theocracy where sleep and dreams are policed and manufactured by the multinational, NARCOLEPSY, INC. The company’s chief scientist and engineer, a queer Black woman (Kimberly Bailey), is under “house arrest” in an outpost “motel” -- managed by Garcon, a working class Black woman and longtime employee (Cydney W. Davis) -- for selling company secrets to rival Trust Corp. Narcolepsy, Inc. has established a racialized caste system of sleepers (people of color teeth grinders and white insomniacs) in which the dreams of lower caste members are commodified and all sleep is induced. NARCOLEPSY, INC. takes place in a parallel universe in which a nuclear disaster (dubbed the “wipeout”) has destroyed the human nervous system’s capacity to regulate sleep. The newly minted CEO of The Company (Scott St Patrick) is a Black religious demagogue who has taken over The Company’s dream archives and needs Yuri to provide the scientific and technological expertise to develop new “sleep experiences” for white insomniac consumers. At the heart of the story is a struggle for female power and control in a corporate regime that hums on the manufacture of racial voyeurs. Starring Kimberly Bailey, JC Cadena, Cydney W. Davis and Scott St Patrick.
Shows at the Actors Company, 916 N. Formosa Ave., L.A.
June 16th @ 8:30 and June 24th @ 6:00 p.m. Info: http://hff18.org/5169
SHATTERED GLASS written, produced and performed by Shaunelle Curry, Kelley Nicole and Dollie Roberts, is a multi-media stage play chronicling the story of a woman named Shairi who disentangles herself from a toxic relationship in order to rediscover, in her words, “the smile of that girl in those pictures they say is me.” Shairi embodies the messages of our time #timesup, #metoo, #timeisnow, #nomore. Demonstrating the healing power of the arts through spoken word, dramatization, live music, and visual art, SHATTERED GLASS takes its participants on a journey of transcendence, capturing the resilience of the human spirit. With an MC that connects the stage performance with audience participation at key points, you will also begin the process of discovering the power of your voice. For more information about this play, visit www.shatteredglassshow.com.