Vincent Terrell Durham
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Van Nuys, CA

Plays

by Vincent Terrell Durham

Short Play

Five friends gather to welcome in the new year and share resolutions on how to survive another 365 days of being Black in America.

Cast:
Darryl - Black, male, 24 to 35 Simon - Black, male, 24 to 35 Cara - Black, female, 24 to 35 Richard - Black, male, 24 to 35 Samaria - Black, female, 24 to 35
by Vincent Terrell Durham

A liberal thinking white couple open the doors of their renovated Harlem brownstone to host a cocktail party for a Black Lives Matter activist, his plus one, an author and businesswoman, and the mother of a slain 10 year-old Black boy. A night of cocktails and conversation spark emotional debates ranging from underweight polar bears, Lana Turner, gentrification, saving the planet, racial identity and protecting the lives of Black boys.

Cast:
Jaquan Wallace - Black-American, male, 33 years old. Peter Castle - White-American, male, 40 years old. Molly Castle - White-American, female, 38 years old. Shemeka Davis - Black American, female 34 years old. Tom - White-American, male, 33 years old. Rita Durpree - Black-American, female, 26 years old. Officer Lennox - White-American, male, 30s. Elijah Dupree - (Pre-recorded voice over) Black-American, 10 years old.
by Vincent Terrell Durham

It’s the summer of 1958 and Mrs. Sarah Woods has been visiting colored families in a small rural North Carolina community. Armed with her North Carolina Eugenics Board questionnaire, she has been doling out sterilization orders to families of the afflicted, feebleminded, and genetically undesired. The targeted households, already ashamed of having imperfect children and impaired family members, keep their new misery a tightly held secret. Cora Lee Burden is the latest to receive an appointment notice from Mrs. Woods. The sixty-four-year-old grandmother of a mentally challenged child has no idea what a white social worker from the government would want with her family. Being a colored woman of the south she knows the visit is a call for caution.

Cast:
Cora Lee Burden (Mama Cora) - Black, female, 64 years old. Sarah Woods (Miss Sarah) - White, female, 28-30 years of age. Jesse Lee Johnson (Uncle Jesse) - Black, male, 60 years old. River - Black, female, 22 years old. Arthur - Mulatto, male, 9 years old.
by Vincent Terrell Durham

Vol. 1 – A Post Racial America is a theatrical reminder of a broken promise. A reminder that the emergency brake on the Post Racial America train, conducted by Barack Hussein Obama, has been pulled, lurching a train full of hopeful Black Americans back to a time when 46.09% of voters thought America was great. Vol. 1 – A Post Racial America will ask theatergoers to bear witness as we disembark the stalled train and drag her back from 1619 to 2020 and reclaim the promise of a Post Racial America.

Cast:
Samaria - Black, female, 24 to 35 years old. Darryl - Black, male, 24 to 35 years old. Simon - Black, male, 24 to 35 years old. Richard - Black, male, 24 to 35 years old. Diane - White, female, 45 to 55 years old. Juanita - Black, female, 24 to 35 years old. Matthew - White, male, 45 to 55 years old. Cara - Black, female, 24 to 35 years old.
by Vincent Terrell Durham

A Short Play - 5 Black women recount the deaths of their sons over the course of several decades.

Cast:
WEST AFRICAN WOMAN - Black, mid to late 20's. SLAVE WOMAN - Black, mid to late 20's. SHARECROPPER WOMAN - Black, mid to late 20's. CHICAGO WOMAN - Black, mid to late 20's TODAY'S WOMAN - Black, mid to late 20's..
by Vincent Terrell Durham

10 - Minute Play

Darryl and Richard have been a couple for six months. Darryl is out to his family but Richard is still passing Darryl off as his best friend. The two men have just leased an apartment together and receive an unexpected guest.

Cast:
Richard, Black, male, 20s to 30s. Darryl, Black, male, 20s to 30s. Mrs. Johnson, Black, female, late 40s to late 50s.
by Vincent Terrell Durham

Darryl and Richard are a couple of two years. Darryl is out to his family but Richard is still passing Darryl off as his best friend. This year Darryl wants Richard to come out during the annual Christmas Eve dinner party.

Cast:
Richard - Black, mid 20s. Darryl - Black, mid 20s.
by Vincent Terrell Durham

10 - Minute Play

Darryl and Richard are putting a final end to their relationship after Richard's horrible coming out attempt, two months earlier, at his mother's annual Christmas Eve dinner party.

Cast:
Richard - Black, male, 20s to 30s. Darryl - Black, male, 20s to 30s.

Successes

Vincent Terrell Durham's Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids has been selected as a 2020 Playfest finalist with Orlando Shakes. The piece will kick off the fall festival with a virtual reading this October 3, 2020.

PlayFest 2020 Information

Vincent Terrell Durham's Masking Our Blackness has been named one of the winners for the Samuel French 45th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Vincent would like to thank everyone at Concord Theatricals, Samuel French & the OOB Festival staff.

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Vincent Terrell Durham's 1st Broadway World Interview!!

Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids

https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Interview-The-Fabu...

Vincent Terrell Durham's Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids will be featured in the Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project.

https://www.playbill.com/article/san-francisco-theatres-partner-for-june...

 

Vincent Terrell Durham's Masking our Blackness has been chosen as one of the top thirty plays for the 45th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. 

https://oobfestival.com/