The Group Rep pulls the curtain back on UNHIDDEN FIGURES a virtual play festival of new short plays celebrating African-American women from all walks of life in honor of Black History Month.
Brave Bess by Denise Downer
Aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot in the US, sits for an imagined interview with Robert S. Abbott, editor of the influential African-American newspaper the Chicago Defender.
Directed by Katelyn Ann Clark
With: Juanita Dilia Olivo
Surgery and Divorce by Bert Emmett
1963. Raisin in the Sun playwright/activist Lorraine Hansberry calls her estranged husband shortly after her meeting with the Attorney General of the U. S. to give him some rather significant news.
Directed by Victor D. Little
With: Keyara Milliner & Adam Smith
Black Bow by Matthew Guthrie
A life long friendship transcends time, place and racial stigma after tragedy occurs.
Directed by Kathleen Delaney
With: Tristan Cunningham & Maria Kress
Mary and Sylvia & Hercules by Stevie Stern
Mary Wilson, the first African-American zookeeper of the Maryland Zoo, is forced to send two gorillas she raised from infancy to another zoo, but before they go, she joins them in matrimony.
Directed by Stevie Stern
With: Rosibel Mejia
Piano in the Dark by Doug Haverty
As the release date for her highly-anticipated new album approaches, singer-songwriter Brenda Russell questions the hype surrounding it. A junior exec at her label helps her avert a crisis of confidence.
Directed by Marie Broderick
With: Landon Beatty & Kimberly Green
Black Flower in the White House by Tom Lazarus
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes a state visit to Libyan Dictator Mummar Gaddafi who turns out to be her secret admirer. Based on actual events.
Directed by Tom Lazarus
With: Michael Gabiano & Maegan McConnell
Class Project by Craig Holland
A persistent high school English teacher strives to understand why her star student is struggling with her assignments.
Directed by Heidi Mendez
With: Karole Bennett & Michele Schultz
Kizzy: The Real Wonder Woman by Doug Haverty
For her mid-term project, a high school student does a video tribute to her hero: Kizzmekia Corbett, the African American scientist who developed the vaccine for Covid-19. She taps her friends and family to portray family and doctors using all real quotes.
Directed by Disraeli Ellison
With: Bita Arefnia, Todd Andrew Ball, T. Ryan Brennen, Cynthia Bryant, James J. Cox, Peyton Kirkner, Rudy McCollum, Bruce Nehlsen, Cathy Diane Tomlin
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Kathleen Delaney, Brooklyn Sample & Melanie Lee (Producers), Doug Engalla (Editor), Hartley Powers (Animation & Sound Design), Doug Haverty (Graphic Design), Heidi Mendez (Tech Director)