Sweeps or the Violence Play

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Sweeps or the Violence Play

1F, 1M, full length one-act

Naomi is Bad Ass. But she is on the lam and she's pissed off. Yousef is hiding in the trees, but he's scared and a ghost and he doesn't know what's going on. Both are running from the war that has ravaged their communities, both are stuck in this moment indefinitely. As their capacity for understanding the other grows, so does the war around them. Their intersecting life experiences strip all superfluity and reduce their paths ahead to the most fundamental human impulse for violence. They leave each other to re-enter the war, as Yousef stays trapped in supernatural limbo with a burgeoning need for vengeance, and Naomi tries to make good on a mission gone bad.

Developed in The Foundry at PlayPenn, fall 2018

Reading at You Can’t Fail, winter 2019

Developmental reading made possible by PlayPenn, August 15th, 2019. You can find out more about the reading here.

Photos by Francois Karm and Tenara Calem

To read Sweeps, click here.