The Strand Theater Company will continue its 14th consecutive season as Baltimore’s female-centric company with a regional premiere of Inda Craig-Galvan’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama. Directed by Aladiran Wetzel. Wizard Directed by Sadia Alaio.
Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a white cop. Rather than heralding the Black Lives Matter movement, Sabrina withdraws into herself, living out a comic book superhero fantasy, played out on stage. The greatest superpower is a mother’s love. In a cartoon world from the mind of a 14-year-old boy, Sabrina becomes the superhero Maasai Angel to take on her arch villains. Enter Lady Vulture, Human Hyena and more. Compared to the pain of his real world, this battle is child’s play.
“Craig-Galvan’s extraordinary piece is a candid and fantastical look into the mind of a mother of a black son and how we as humans deal with love and loss. in a hostile landscape,” says Strand Associate Artistic Director Erin Riley. “This unique, often funny and positively heartbreaking production reflects Strand’s mission to produce art that is both thought-provoking and provocative – adding our support to the conversation surrounding racially motivated gun violence in America.”
The cast includes Nikki Scroggins, Tyrel Brown, Kayla Manigault, Karen Li, Omololu Collins, Rysheem, McGirt, Isaiah Harvey and Alexander Scally.
Black Super Hero Magic Mama (live) opens Friday, March 25, 2022 and ends Sunday, April 10. Thursday to Saturday performances start at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and artists. All performances are at 5426 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21214. Masks are required for attendance. For tickets, click here.
About the playwright
Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff – mostly plays and television. His work often explores intra-racial conflict and politics within the African American community. Grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that doesn’t care about time and memories.
Inda is currently developing new theatrical works on commission with Primary Stages, Company One and The Old Globe.
Plays produced include Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles) and I Go Somewhere Else (Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles). Inda is a recipient of the Kesselring Award, Jeffry Melnick Award for New Playwright, Blue Ink Playwright Award, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwright, and Best Stage Raw Playwright Award. Inda’s plays have been included in Steppenwolf Theatre’s Kilroys and The Mix list.
Inda has developed and 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 Theater New Works Festival, Black & Latino Playwrights Conference, WomenWorks, Humanitas, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Skylight Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Trustus Theater Playwrights Festival, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Intiman and others.
On the TV side, Inda is a writer on the new JJ Abrams Demimonde (HBO) series, and has previously written on Happy Face, How to Get Away with Murder and The Rookie.
MFA in Theater: Playwriting, University of Southern California.
The Strand Theater Company champions stimulating and provocative theater that particularly celebrates the diverse voices and perspectives of women while bringing together the creative talents of all genres as performers, technicians and administrators. We invite guests to experience some of the region’s best contemporary and reinterpreted works for the stage at our intimate Northeast Baltimore theater.
Since its launch in 2007, the Strand has presented more than 60 full-length plays, including 17 world premieres; offered 75% of the artistic positions of its productions – as playwrights, directors, designers, managers and actors – to women; provided affordable theatrical space to many organizations and independent artists; and is an active member of the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street small business community.
In August 2011, the Strand was honored as one of “Baltimore’s Top 5 Theaters” by Baltimore magazine, along with CENTERSTAGE, Everyman, the Hippodrome, and Single Carrot. To learn more about the Strand Theater Company, visit www.strand-theatre.org.
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