Xtigone by Nambi E. Kelley

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About The Play


Awele Makeba as Spirit at the African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA; photo by Lance Huntley).

Drama. 90-100 minutes. 5-15+ females, 4-15+ males (9-30+ performers possible). Suitable for high school and older performers and middle school and older audiences.

Xtigone premiered at African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA), director Rhodessa Jones.

"Kelley's urban myth recasts Sophocles' classic morality play about pride into a blood-soaked examination of gun violence and inner-city PTSD... It's an amazing show." - Erik K. Arnold, Oakulture (Oakland, CA)

Printed Script: $7.95 (contains special author commentary). Digital Perusal Script: $7.50. Performance Royalties: $70.00/performance. Production Photocopy License: $50.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties). Classroom Photocopy License: $75.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only). Limited Video License: $75.00 (permission to record your production with limited distribution; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties). Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at info@youthplays.com. Need detailed help? Click on Place an Order and then look for the blue What Do I Order? button!

Synopsis


Naima Shalhoub as Tea Flake at the African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA; photo by Lance Huntley).

Chicago. Present day. Xtigone's brothers have been killed in drive-by shootings by each other’s rival gang. Her uncle, Marcellus da Man, calls a press conference on CNN to announce that the bodies should be buried instead of uncovering the reality of violence in the streets of the city. Will Xtigone go against her powerful uncle and risk death by uncovering her brothers' bodies? Using hip hop poetry, dance, and dialogue that speaks with an urban voice, this re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community's truth.

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