Berth Breach/Breech Birth

Directed by Kyle Haden

Lead sponsor: Donna Ritchie

Synopsis

During a house call for a pregnant mare, a veterinarian discovers an entire ship filled with enslaved people, inside the horse’s uterus. And one enslaved man sees her, too. Is she imagining it all? Can she get them out? And if she can, what happens to them then? What has happened to any of us? This play explores the world of a Black farming community in America and examines how cycles of birth, life, and death look much different to those of the African Diaspora.

Berth Breach/Breech Birth will be performed live over Zoom on Saturday, April 24, at 7:00 pm PT and Sunday, April 25, at 2:00 pm PT.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale.

Who

Ashanti Taylor Christiana Clark
Nnamdi/Ernest Desean K. Terry
Marcus Taylor Shaun Heard
Debra Ann Higgins Josie Seid
Stage directions Samantha Wynette Miller

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Poster art by: Kara Q. Lewis and LUMEZIA

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Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff – mostly plays and TV. Her work often explores intra-racial conflicts and politics within the African-American community. Grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that fucks with time & memories.

Inda’s currently developing new works of theatre on commission with Primary Stages,  Company One, and The Old Globe.

Produced plays include Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles) and I Go Somewhere Else (Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles). Inda is the recipient of the Kesselring Prize, Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Prize, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting, and Stage Raw Best Playwright Award. Inda’s plays have been included on the Kilroys List and Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix.

Inda has developed & presented work at Ojai Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, The Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival, Black & Latino Playwrights Conference, WomenWorks, Humanitas, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Skylight Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Intiman, and others.

On the TV side, Inda is a writer on the new JJ Abrams series Demimonde (HBO), and previously wrote on Happy FaceHow to Get Away with Murder, and The Rookie.

​MFA in Theatre: Dramatic Writing, University of Southern California.

Click here to read our Q&A with Inda.




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Kyle Haden was ANPF’s artistic director for six years where he directed readings of Primary User; I Can Go; Hazardous Materials; and The Luckiest People for ANPF, as well as performing in readings of Go. Please. Go.; Edward III; and Now This. He was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow and has directed various productions across the country, including the award-winning world premiere of Hazardous Materials (Creede Repertory Theatre); A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre Company); Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival); and The Tens (Actors Theatre of Louisville). As an actor, Kyle has performed at regional theatres including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Arizona Theater Company, City Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland Play House, as well as various theatres in New York and Chicago. Kyle is also a senior coordinating producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project and the interim senior associate head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an assistant professor of acting.




Christiana Clark
Christiana Clark
Shaun Heard
Shaun Heard
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Samantha Wynette Miller
Josie Seid
Josie Seid
Desean K. Terry
Desean K. Terry
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