August Wilson Red Door Project’s
The New Black Fest’s
Hands Up
7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

Directed by Kevin Jones

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Read more about Hands Up! here.

A powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings
of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others.
Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings
about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.


Superiority Fantasy by Nathan James

Holes in My Identity by Nathan Yungerberg

They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared…

by Idris Goodwin

Dead of Night… The Execution of…

by Nambi E. Kelley

Abortion by Nsangou Njikam

Walking Next to Michael Brown by Eric Holmes

How I Feel by Dennis Allen II

Starring La’Tevin Alexander, Alonzo Chadwick, Sekai Edwards, Joseph Gibson,

Jasper Howard, Jonathan Thompson and Ashley Williams. Directed by Kevin Jones.

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted at the door.

The August Wilson Red Door Project is committed to changing the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.

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Hands Up Playwrights

Hands Up Cast Past and Present

Video: Production of Hands Up from the The National Black Theatre in association with The New Black Fest.


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Shows will be at Wieden + Kennedy (224 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209).

Updated July 31, 2016