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JAW Play Reading: Safe Ride

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Safe Ride

Written by Dorcas Sowunmi
Directed by Kristolyn Lloyd

Safe Ride focuses on the board members of an SGA (Student Government Association) in a high school in the south. These students, fiercely led by President Marshall and his twin sister Vice President Chisholm, strive to operate like an ideal democratic government where all of their voices are heard and valued. But in the midst of planning for their senior legacy project egos, attitudes, and beliefs systems come into play. And as more and more southern states begin to pass “Fetal Heartbeat” Laws, these students are pushed to their tipping point and go far beyond protesting in the streets to taking the law into their own hands.

Charles Grant
Linda Hayden Tammy
Cycerli Ash Cleaver
Lizzy Rees Reagan
Sami Yacob-Andrus Burke
Andrea Vernae Chisolm
Kayla Kelly Jordan
Mac Schonher Stage Directions

Stage Manager: Gillian Lelchuk
Production Assistant: Caríssa Rodriguez

Dorcas Sowunmi, Playwright
Dorcas Sowunmi, Playwright

Dorcas Sowunmi is a Playwright/Performing Artist/ Educator, based in New York, originally from Texas. Most recently, her play SAFE RIDE was workshopped at The Emerging Playwrights of Color Conference at Quick Silver Theater Company. Dorcas was also in the first cohort of playwrights in The Echoes Writer’s Group at Primary Stages in New York City. She has also studied at the Dramatis Guild and The Commercial Theatre Institute.  As a performer, Dorcas has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television throughout North America. Dorcas holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin. She has also trained at The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Training at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and Stella Adler Actor's Studio in New York.

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