We’re pleased to announce the plays selected for KCACTF’s new John F Kennedy commissioned one-act play initiative.
The purpose of the national initiative is to commission one-act plays that focus on John F. Kennedy’s values of courage, freedom, justice, service, and gratitude. The plays must also feature an ethnically and gender-diverse cast, and be viably performable by college students; featuring topics and issues that are both relevant and reflect upon the values listed above.
The plays selected for this year are:
A Crossover Dream by Migdalia Cruz
Three young people( a Syrian Laborer from 2010s, a transgender holocaust victim in the 1930s, and a Mexican teacher in the 1990s) are locked in an existential space surrounded by a huge wall we cannot see yet. They are dirty and cold, playing games to pass the time, before attempting to escape three torturers that guard them.
Slave Stained Shattered by Antoinette Nwandu
Inspired by a true story. Vonda, a black undergraduate student at Yale, leads the momentum to have a stained glass window depicting slavery removed from a building on campus. She is somewhat distracted by Tracey, another student with whom she has been romantically involved. In the mean time, the window is smashed by Dwight, a black man working as a dishwasher for the school.
Both of these plays will be featured during the festival in a pair of readings scheduled for Thursday at 9:00am