sponsored by: ERIN OGLETREE
Propelled by the urgency of his own decay and desperate to be heard, Black Boy delivers his “villain’s monologue” - a parting speech typically delivered to a hero before their death - to his audience held at gunpoint.
"You see me? You see me? My flesh is rotting. My flesh-"
Olivia Ridley is a New Jersey-based writer. In 2018, her play SLUSH, which explored the similarly topical issue of assisted suicide, was selected to be performed at Luna Stage in NJ. Though she is deeply passionate about playwriting, she also has an extensive background as a performer, working primarily with Vanguard Theater Company in NJ. And her passions extend beyond theater; she loves writing/performing poetry when she can, and enjoys political science and philosophy as well. In her art, Olivia hopes to expose the nuance of “taboo” topics and spark much needed conversation, seeking to educate not only the audience, but herself as well in the process.
When did you start writing? What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
How did you come to write your #ENOUGH play? Given that there are many dimensions to the issue of gun violence, what aspect did you focus on and why?
What other issues or subjects do you care deeply about that you wish you saw on stage more? Why is this issue important for you?
If you could write a play or story that represented the future you want to be a part of, what would it look like?
What are some of your favorite plays?
What will your next play be about?
Get to Know Olivia
Poetic, heartfelt, powerful, filled with hard and painful truths.
DAVID HENRY HWANG
Playwright & #ENOUGH panelist
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