By Roger Q. Mason
Directed by Taibi Magar
Taking its title from the mythical Egyptian afterlife, The Duat is a psychological portrait of Cornelius Johnson, a FBI counterintelligence officer, in a battle for his very soul. Using spoken word, North African drumming, and gorgeous choreography, this one-person world premiere is a poetic and virtuosic story of redemption.
The Duat is being developed in partnership with Philadelphia Theatre Company. PTC Co-Artistic Director Taibi Magar will direct. This will precede the East Coast premiere of The Duat set for The Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Summer of 2024.
Roger Q. Mason (they/them) is an award-winning writer, performer and educator known for using history’s lens to highlight the biases that separate rather than unite us. Mason’s playwriting has been seen on Broadway, Off and Off-Off-Broadway, and Regionally. They are an honoree of the Kilroys List and a member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group, Primary Stages Writing Cohort, and the co-founder/lead mentor of the New Visions Fellowship for Black Trans and Gender non-conforming
An Army of Lovers
By R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Kash Goins
An aging queer activist is invited to the sleek, enclosed campus of a global communications company to give a speech for their first Pride celebration. She does not come in peace. An Army of Lovers is a play about radical acts of existence, corporate culture as an oxymoron, and the freedom to be public.
Army of Lovers, written by one of The Foundry Co-Lead Artists, R. Eric Thomas will also workshop at PlayPenn in December. Kash Goins will direct and the play will be produced by Philadelphia’s Azuka Theatre in the Spring of 2024.
R. Eric Thomas (he/him) won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and two 2020 Lambda Literary Awards. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Baltimore Center Stage, Arden Theater Company, Azuka Theater, Single Carrot Theater, About Face Theater, City Theater Miami and more. His debut memoir-in-essays, Here For It, or How to Save Your Soul in America was a national bestseller and a Read with Jenna book club pick featured on Today. On screen, he has written for the Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson (AppleTV+) and Better Things (FX) and is currently developing multiple television projects. 2021-22 Productions include The Ever Present (Theatre Exile), Backing Track (Arden), The Folks at Home (Baltimore Center Stage), and Crying on Television (Everyman Theater). He is an alumnus of The Foundry, the Lambda Literary Fellowship, and the Ingram New Works Project.