(2015) Madame Breezy's Speakeasy (75 minutes)
1930's jazz era improv show. A time-traveling joyride fitted with music, fun and audience participation.
Summary: Cass is up late finishing a paper and visited by the ghost of her idol, writer Lucille Clifton. Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston make appearances in this glimpse into the transformative lives of some of our most renowned entertainers who were pivotal in social justice movements in the United States. How far have we really come?
In Her Words was produced by Liberated Muse Arts Group and debuted at the MLK Public Library in Washington DC in Feb. 2012. It was later presented by the United States Peace Corps that month as part of its Black History Month Programming. In 2013, In Her Words toured again, presented to the Alexandria Public Library System in Virginia, The Potter’s House in DC and the Prince George’s County Public System in Maryland. in 2014 the Liberated Muse Arts group was invited to perform the production at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum, and Jones Memorial Baptist Church in Washington DC (celebrating their 150th anniversary), and returned to the Alexandria Library’s Charles E. Beatley Library and Oxon Hill Library in Prince George’s County, MD.
Summary: LeShell, Nina and Camille are mental wrecks after the birth of their new babies. In a psychiatrist’s office they meet and commiserate before meeting the unstoppable Mama Belle. Will their lives ever know normal again?
Running: AMOK debuted in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest in Washington DC for a five show run. In 2011, Running: AMOK was presented by Liberated Muse Arts Group for a 5-day tour at stops at the Bonifant theatre, Annie’s Art Gallery, Corner Store Arts, Germano’s in Baltimore, MD and Oxon Hill Public Library.
(2009) The Understanding (10 minutes)
(In the video: Actors Dior Ashley Brown and Rayona L Young star in reading of Khadijah Ali-Coleman's short play "The Understanding" based on the short story written by Ali-Coleman called "Blu's Crisp Bills". This reading was part of Openstage's new works reading series at Corner Store Arts in Washington DC on March 4, 2016)
Summary: A wealthy woman holds a secret meeting with a woman with secrets, revealing and receiving more than she bargained.
Summary: Mammy’s excitement for the homecoming of her daughters Baby Phat, Sister Girl, and Afro Woman wanes in the midst of their incessant bickering and irreverent behavior. What are the consequences of their actions?
Changing Muse was included in the 2009 production of “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty”, performed and presented by The Saartjie Project. It appeared in productions of the show that appeared in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival and 2009 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference.
Summary: Saartjie Baartman, later known as the Hottentot Venus, is excited about her chance to leave South Africa and earn riches for her family in Europe. Little does she know that her sister has a different reaction to the news of her impending travels.
I Will Send For You was included in the 2009 production of “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty”, performed and presented by The Saartjie Project. I Will Send For You appeared in productions of the show that appeared in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival and 2009 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. I Will Send For You is published in the book anthology Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012)
Summary: Moon’s struggle with actualizing her true self is reflected in vignettes that depict the Jena 6 rally & Walk on Washington, a reality-show moment gone wrong, a beauty salon chat about “good hair” and a top-selling rapper who meets his worst nightmare.
Shades of Black debuted in 2008 at Morgan State University, presented by the Office of Residence Life. It had a sold-out three-day run.
To book any of the plays listed above or to commission an original piece, contact Khadijah at LiberatedMuseArts@gmail.com