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Culture Shock

Two African students, Zahra from Tanzania and Hawi from Kenya, start school in an Ivy League institution. They are placed in Salama House, an all-black dorm and affinity space for black students. Faced with cultural, academic and economic challenges, Zahra and Hawi try to make it through Freshman Year, while facing the reality of what it means to be black in America.
Cast size: 9


2023 Leah Ryan Fund Emerging Writers Award (Winner)

2023 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Finalist)

2023 Local Theater Company Local Lab 12 (Finalist)

2022 Great Plains Theater Commons New Play Conference (Selected)

2022 American Blues Theater Blue Ink Award (Semifinalist)

2021 Alliance Theatre National Graduate Playwriting Competition (Finalist)

2020 Playwrights Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Finalist)

Development History:

Workshop (dir. Shariffa Ali) Powerhouse Theater/Leah Ryan Fund, 2023

Workshop (dir. Shariffa Ali) The New Group, 2023

Workshop (dir. Bryan Moore) Great Plains Theatre Commons, 2022

Workshop (dir. January LaVoy) Alliance Theatre, 2022

Workshop (dir. Taylor Reynolds) Westport Country Playhouse, 2021


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