The Immeasurable Want of Light is a new work made from a selection of plays called Everyday Afroplay.
Everyday Afroplay, which began in 2016, is a daily theatrical writing meditation on blackness or the black body. This practice is a text-based response to Chris Ofili’s portrait series Afro Muses. Concerning “blackness” as an idea palette, Afro Muses liberated me to create a cauldron of text that can exist outside commonly perceived industry constraints. When collaborating with other theatre artists using text from Everyday Afroplay, that work becomes a new work, specific to that collaboration. The elements of collaboration — site, duration, the aesthetic of the collaborators — serves as both container and compass that molds and pushes the work forward into existence.
The Immeasurable Want of Light is an episodic play that reflects on Black bodies through the poetics of the star formation process, from dark matter to supernova. Set in an imagined galaxy/artist colony, we track Maker’s journey into visibility, while a pageant of characters unfolds a galactic experience.