(Writ)ual Mix: Traditions of the Diaspora

A Free Reading Series Play Festival
Aug 7 – 16, 2023 | Atlantic Stage 2

MixFest, our annual free reading series exploring and celebrating the abundance of diverse stories in the theater, is BACK! Following Asian American MixFest in 2017, Middle Eastern MixFest in 2018, Immigrant MixFest in 2019, African Caribbean MixFest in 2021, and First Gen MixFest last year, we are delighted to announce (Writ)ual Mix: Traditions of the Diaspora MixFest, a series of readings of new work co-curated by theater artists Daaimah Mubashshir, NSangou Njikam, and Awoye Timpo.

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We are excited to present readings of full-length plays by Diane Exavier, Daaimah Mubashshir, NSangou Njikam, and a.k. payne! Additionally, we have commissioned Dennis A. Allen II, Keelay Gipson, Amina Henry, Goldie E. Patrick, and Liza Jessie Peterson to create short one-acts and present them as an evening of readings. 

The Lineup

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PANEL DISCUSSION – ROOTS, RHYME, AND REASON: Traditions of Black Storytelling

Moderated by Dr. Sybil R. Williams

Monday, August 7, 2023 | 7pm ET

MixFest will kick off with a group panel moderated by Dr. Sybil R. Williams, with Chief Ayanda Clarke, NSangou Njikam, & Awoye Timpo.


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BURN BABY BURN: an american dream

by a.k. payne 
directed by Awoye Timpo

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | 7pm ET

The air conditioner at 1987 Apple St. been broke for a minute and it’s hot in the afterlife.

A blue pantsuit. A broken bottle. A bible, a toolbox, a collection of records. A box of pictures, some found letters.

In her family’s photographs and boxes of kept things, Sky II finds a picture of her grandmother, Sky, and her partner Char taken a month before Sky’s death at 36 years old. Sky II’s search for her grandmother’s life story sends her down a trail containing memories, oral histories and dreams. Will Sky II ever live up to her name or release the pressure that demands for her to get the story “right”? Will her ancestors love her for trying? Will they rest?


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by Diane Exavier

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 | 7pm ET

The story of a Haitian family living in Brooklyn and their return to Haiti as they work to cure their history in the hopes of securing a future. From the journey of immigrants to the spread of a global epidemic, language, time, and an ocean are crossed in an interrogation of the contracts we make, the conditions under which we live, and what it means to reach for a love that might outlive you.


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by Dennis A. Allen II, Keelay Gipson, Amina Henry, Goldie E. Patrick, and Liza Jessie Peterson
directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges and Derrick Sanders

Monday, August 14, 2023 | 7pm ET

Come enjoy readings of five short plays by Dennis A. Allen II, Keelay Gipson, Amina Henry, Goldie E. Patrick, and Liza Jessie Peterson, written specially for (Writ)ual Mix!

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by NSangou Njikam 
directed by Dennis A. Allen II

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | 7pm ET

“Everybody say YEAH!” People talk about getting free, but few know how to do it. That’s because they haven’t tapped into their inner freak. Have no fear, Freeky Dee has arrived with a mix of music, ministry, and poetry to stimulate our souls so we can step into our Sacred Profane and rise into our freedom. It won’t be easy. They’ll be fears, apprehensions, self-doubt and the like…but stick with Freeky Dee and everything will feel so right. You wanna really be free? Then come on and meet the illustrious Freeky Dee.

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by Daaimah Mubashshir 
directed by Colette Robert

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | 7pm ET

Immeasurable Want of Light (IWL) is a play, illustrated by famed historian and painter, Nell Painter. IWL follows Maker, a black, overweight artist, as she comes of age in an alternate universe. This is an epic play consisting of twenty-eight distinct vignettes of varying language, styles and forms that journeys through shifting perspectives of living in black skin.

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Institutional Support GET IN TOUCH

Judith Champion, who also underwrote Atlantic’s Launch commissioning program, sadly passed away in July of 2022. She was a fierce advocate for theater, and wanted to leave a legacy of support for new voices so that American theater will thrive for generations to come.

(Writ)ual Mix and all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible through the support of The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature.