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Blossoming is an annual staged reading series comprised of new full-length plays developed by
The Vagrancy Playwrights' Group
Untitled by TAMADHUR AL-AQEEL
In an LA of the near future, “Brother” and “Sister” Hassan steal garbage for the government to collect DNA off “suspicious” people and plant false evidence at crime scenes. In exchange, they are on a “protected” list. “Artist,” a banned person living in her parent’s garage, sees the theft of the garbage, ambushes the thieves, and imprisons them in her make-shift art studio. What follows between the prisoners and their captor is a complicated debate on who has the right to be in LA, exist in the world, and the role of the individual during a time of repression.
Untitled by JAISEY BATES
A tale of two half-sibling strangers--one city-grown; one rez-raised. In a single-wide trailer set in a haunted poisoned otherwise unpeopled land, Rez Sibling--all senses on high alert--tries to read by kerosene lamp. There's a gun. A jelly jar of corn pollen. Night's falling. A storm's gathering. Lightning: a white masked creature in the window then gone. Thunder: an otherworldly howl nearby. Pounding at the door. City Sister storms into her birth mother’s home flinging grief, rage and righteousness, setting off a dangerous dance of blood stories, dark magic, horror and hope.
Into the Side of a Hill by JAMES TYLER
At a Historically Black University in 2004, 7 undergraduate young men rehearse for the annual Homecoming Step Show. As the young men practice, they navigate big questions: as educated men are they responsible for giving back and uplifting Black communities or is their own financial success their only obligation? Are they contributing to the problem of misogyny on campus? Is there one way to express masculinity and what is the psychological toll of hazing? In the process of uniting for step show victory, these men wage wars with each other that cause irreversible destruction.
The Last One by MERCEDES SEGESVARY
The Last One is the story of Kranbary, a woman who notices that people everywhere are losing their memories and becoming life coaches. This sudden mass consciousness shift leads her on an adventure to find the source of the movement, before it’s too late to remember everything that made her the person she is today.
Untitled by KATHERINE VONDY
Naomi and Kiran have a nice life together. They work from home. They get their groceries delivered. They binge-watch shows via their multiple streaming services. But the earthquakes just won’t stop. And when Naomi’s destitute cousin unexpectedly appears on their doorstep, he brings the reality of the outside world--decimated by the effects of climate change--in with him, and their lives are shaken up even more. What are our obligations to family? How different are they from our obligations to strangers? Our obligations to our partners? Ourselves? This story set in a future that might be just a few decades away highlights the fact that the health of our environment is inextricably linked to basic human rights.
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