GUNSHOT MEDLEY:Part 1
Gunshot Medley collides the Antebellum south with the present day to weave a rich history of the African-American experience. Daniel conjures together spoken word and live music in her play to give the fullness of the Black experience from her North Carolina roots, and ultimately speaks against the insensitive use of the Confederate Flag in her communities after the Charleston Church Massacre.
In the play, three slaves—Betty, Alvis, and George—are stuck in perpetual twilight on some space of Carolina soil where they feel the repeated oppressions of systemic racism in America. Numbed by the continuous loss of Black lives, each character grapples with their own death and the pain of witnessing history repeat itself. An ever present fourth character, the High Priestess of Souls, an incarnate of the Yoruban goddess Oya, awakens each character to their condition. She uses spellbinding songs to rouse each character and incite social change. Betty, Alvis, and George must confront the need to answer her call and their fear of what it means to do so.
Daniel extracts her characters from real slaves that died in North Carolina before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. She found their graves on a walk she had through her hometown reflecting on the experience of the Church shooting. This overwhelming feeling of responsibility, this call to action, came upon her to tell the story of these souls, to tell the story of her people and of herself against the landscape of America today. GUNSHOT MEDLEY breathes life into words that have to be heard and have to be shared to understand the struggle of Black people in this country.
History: CalArts New Works Festival - 2016- Workshop
Hi-Arts -2016- Staged Reading
Edinburgh New Works Festival- 2017- Production
The Playwright's Center- 2018- Staged Reading
Rogue Machine Theater- 2018- Full Production
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