Thursday, September 20, 2018

Creating The Immeasurable Want of Light Part I

There were many phases, and many challenges, in the process of transposing Everyday Afroplay into its latest iteration. Through the chaos guaranteed by a long gestation period, the harmony and discord of collaboration—with editor Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, myself, and numerous mentors and readers offering suggestions, amendments, and questions months on end—and the usual dramaturgical quandaries posed when manifesting Everyday Afroplay, Daaimah Mubashishr wrestled The Immeasurable Want of Light into existence. Prefaced with an incisive introduction by Amauta M. Firmino, the result is a funky intergalactic piece of afro-avant-garde theater, interspersed with four complimentary digital collages by the artist and historian Nell Painter.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Introducing The Immeasurable Want of Light

Everyday Afroplay has undergone another, wholly new, transformation. While every iteration of Everyday Afroplay requires reinvention—as collaborators, venues, and text selections change—this new incarnation of the play would present an alien array of opportunities and challenges due to one important perspective shift: Mubashshir was to craft Everyday Afroplay for publication rather than a specific production.

This offer from 3 Hole Press began a nearly yearlong process of writing, rewriting, late-night phone calling, meeting, deadlines, missed deadlines, new deadlines, and artistic soul-searching.