A PICK FOR THE HAIR OF BLACK KIDS WHO DONT WANNA BE GANGSTAZ 

By Junie Edwards

Performances July 18th – July 21st 

After workshopping the script a year ago, we are proud to produce Junie Edwards’ play A Pick For The Hair Of Black Kids Who Dont Wanna Be Gangstaz. This choreopoem follows the story of 6 poet friends readying themselves for a slam poetry competition. When they take a break from rehearsing, they travel down a long and weighted path as they play a game confessing their deepest secrets and fears pertaining to the Black community. This piece is an ode to the voices of our younger Black generations.  

Playwright Junie Edwards says, “I wrote this piece because the younger black generation voices need to be heard unfiltered, whether it makes people uncomfortable or not. For too long has the story of the adolescent black individual been told by the older. It has become apparent that for change in our future generations, the younger must step up and reclaim autonomy.” 

In 2022 Junie was volunteering with Million Artist Movement for an event at Pillsbury House + Theatre, when they asked PH+T’s Resident Artist Aimee K. Bryant if they could do a play there. Aimee, who is the Production Doula, described this moment as “the seed”. At the time Junie was a highschooler who followed up the conversation by providing a full-length script, which was both surprising and impressive. Aimee connected Junie to Lester Mayers as she felt his energy and expertise would make him a good mentor to Junie. The three worked together developing the script for a year, and then it was workshopped at PH+T last July featuring many of Junie’s friends from High School. Lester is now directing the production, and youth from our Step Up program will serve as the production’s creative team by helping to design and execute production elements with the support of PH+T staff. Aimee says she is “thrilled that we can offer a professional acting experience to young artists where they are respectfully paid. It’s exciting to be building relationships with young artists since the pandemic severed some of the connections we had and we are now trying to rebuild those.” The cast of this production includes Edric Duffy, Jeremiah Tulay, Daija Scott, Destiny Kromah, Moyo Deen, and Calvin Zimmerman. 

We invite you to experience this powerful play with us in July, and support the young theatre makers telling this story.  

Pick-Your-Price tickets are available at https://ci.ovationtix.com/27105/production/1205765

Facebook event here.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT 

Junie Edwards is a Detroit born actor and emerging playwright. Acting credits include: Merrily We Roll Along (SPCPA); Diesel Heart, Buddy The Buddy Holly Story (History Theatre); Marie Antoinette (Emerging Professional Ensemble); Something Happened In Our Town, Locomotion (Children’s Theatre Company). Writing credits include: 2023 Published play “Afroyo” with Drama Notebook, 2023 Scholastic Silver Key Award, 2023 New Plays Workshop at Growing Stage in New Jersey, Pillsbury House + Theatre Workshop in Minnesota. 

ABOUT PILLSBURY HOUSE + THEATRE 

Pillsbury House + Theatre’s mission is to inspire enduring change towards a just society through arts. Through the theatrical season and other community engagement programs, Pillsbury House + Theatre (PH+ T) illuminates the differences that make each person unique and the hopes and dreams that bring people together, within an artistic environment that promotes understanding and leads to positive action. pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org  

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