In the Middle
directed by Saheem Ali
A Studio Retreat Reading
As the rain pours down and the water keeps rising, a mother sits in a flooded basement weeping. After her son is gunned down by police, Mary, a woman with a cracked past, finds herself paralyzed with grief. So her mother, sister, and daughter try to uplift and help her wade through the water - as she mourns. But when her tears begin to overflow deep family secrets rise all around them. And once their painful past floats to the top - there's no telling who's going to drown.
Donja R. Love is a 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellow. In the Middle has also been developed in The Lark's Roundtable Program and Monthly Meeting of the Minds.
Note: The reading on May 1st will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion entitled The Importance of Radical Queer Narratives on Stage and Beyond, moderated by Andrew Shade (Broadway Black).
Studio Retreats are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.