In this timely and provocative new play, Ava, an African-American woman living in New York, is forced to revisit feelings from the past while on a date. News of unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s funeral leads to the revelation that she was previously engaged to a white cop, detonating a night of accusations, interrogations and confessions.
Maryanne and James are forced to confront the possibility that their popular son is capable of a horrible act. As social media explodes over the incident, the couple struggles to hold their splintering family together.
Jessie, a combative high school senior with a disability, and Darnell, the star player of his high school basketball team, find themselves together in extended study hall during the most important marking period in their lives. As their worlds collide, both discover that things aren’t always as simple as they may seem.
Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack.