Dana L. Stringer
Lawrenceville, GA
Atlanta-based playwright and writing instructor...

Dana L. Stringer is an Atlanta-based playwright, poet, screenwriter, and writing instructor with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Out of Hand Theater, which has afforded her writing commissions for short works presented for tailored audiences at Audible, BlackRock, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, and Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals. Additional commissions include Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre and Horizon Theatre Company’s Black Women Speak emerging playwrights collective. She has been a guest playwright with Theatrical Outfit’s Downtown Dialogues, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 8, Essential Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting, and True Colors Theatre’s Next Gen Playwrights. Her most recent play, We the Village, was selected for Theatrical Outfit’s Made in Atlanta new play development program (2021) and the Unexpected Play Festival (2020), as well as Working Title Playwright’s First Light Reading Series (2018). A combination of her plays, live and virtual staged readings, monologues, and interdisciplinary art have been produced by Theatrical Outfit, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Theatre Network, Out of Hand Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Vanguard Repertory Company, Ain’t I A Woman Playfest, Blue Pearl Theatrics, National Black Theatre Festival, Fade to Black Play Festival, MoJo Fest, Coleman & Smith Artistic Company, and the NAACP 10-Minute Play Festival. Dana periodically serves as an adjunct writing instructor in the inspiration2publication program at Antioch University Online. She has taught playwriting and poetry writing at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Dana is a Cave Canem fellow and the author of the poetry chapbook, In Between Faith. Her poetry has also been published in the African American Review, Rogue Agent, Blackberry: a magazine, and For Harriett. She has work forthcoming in the Obsidian. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.


by Dana L. Stringer

When Frankie, a popular drag queen, is faced with the unexpected arrival of Redd, his twelve-year old, latchkey neighbor, they instantly form a deep friendship that prompts suspicion from others, causing their friendship to abruptly end, until they reconnect ten years later to deal with past and confront new challenges.

FRANKIE, African American, Male, 30s feminine/drag queen; REDD, African American, Adolescent Male, 12; REDD, African American, Male, 20s; VIOLET, African American, Female, 30s; ROOSEVELT, African American, Male, 50s; JULES, African American, Male, 30s, feminine/drag queen