The Affrilachian Memory Play series, serves as a Performative Inquiry for understanding Affrilachian identity in its communal, familial and creative iterations.
The performances represented here foreground a long history of “individual independence and commitment to family, work and community across an array of Black Appalachian voices. In order to better understand how African American women’s memories of growing up in Appalachia express Affrilachian identity, the “Affrilachian Memory Play series” offers a dramatic expression of black recognition and inclusion in Appalachia. Welcome to our journey.
The goal of this work to represent the longstanding culturally diverse experiences of people of color within the region of Appalachia.
PRECIOUS MEMORIES is the first play in The Affrilachian Memory Play series. This one woman show is based on research conducted on an African American Community in Southwest Virginia.
Last Performed in May of 2012 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. This play was also performed in 2011 in Richmond, KY at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference and later informed first person interpretations at the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, TX.
Tobacco Fields is a one-act play within a series that presents the voice of one Black Appalachian girl (affectionately known as Girl #9) growing up as an insider/outsider within the region. Situated in rural Kentucky, the play focuses on Girl #9’s coming of age. Girl #9 negotiates her Affrilachian identity through her own memory and imaginative stories of surviving work, abuse and family.
A Staged Reading of TOBACCO FIELDS was performed in April of 2018 in Cincinnati, OH at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference.