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Sunset Baby - Full Length Play, Drama

Sunset Baby

Dominique Morisseau

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573702754

A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a brutal existence to her own liberation, Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - An apartment in East New York, Brooklyn. 


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Drugs, Intense Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and now, this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner, is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all - fatherhood. Sunset Baby is an energised, vibrant and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide. One of the most exciting and distinctive voices in America.


"[A] smart and bracing new play about two generations of urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths." - New York Times

Without ever sounding merely expositional, on the one hand, or dialectical, on the other, [Sunset Baby] covers vast acres of social and political ground. Among the subjects: the parallels between criminal acts in the name of revolutionary change and plain old street crime; the changing and unchanging face of paternal absenteeism; and the toll on trust — and the possibility of love — taken by a culture of survival." - New York Times

The play's text contains the same politically charged voice Morisseau displayed in Detroit '67 — and it undoubtedly is one with sharp insight into the African-American experience and a passion for excavating its emotional nuances." - Theatre Mania

Sunset Baby premiered at the Labyrinth Theatre Company on November 6, 2013 under the direction of Kamilah Forbes. 



2m, 1f


Multicultural casting

NINA - A shrewd drug dealer.
DAMON  - Her fast-talking lover and partner in crime. 
KENYATTA SHAKUR - Nina’s father and a fabled leader of a black-power underground movement several decades earlier.
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Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is an alumnus of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT; Northlight Theatre), Sunset  Baby (Labyrinth Theater Co – NYC; Gate Theater- London), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; ... view full profile

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Messiah Hagood-Barnes 12/3/2015 12:57 AM
I am absolutely in love with the brilliantness of Dominque Morisseau. Her dialogue reads naturally and the power of the play sits in the small moments of love, and doubt in her characters. The play is filled with quick, sharp characters that makes the reader hang onto every line and wishing to accelerate through the pages quicker. The story is centered up a black father and daughter relationship (a relationship typically not personified in the world of art) and shadows the brilliance of black activists and their relationship between the world and their search for a black identity. The sharpness and intellect operating behind the story’s two main characters is enough alone to have you fully engaged into the play.  

It is evident that Dominique Morisseau has a gift for storytelling, as the plot advances itself quickly and boldly throughout the piece. Morisseau keeps the reader engaged through the intellect of her characters and shines a light on the black power activist movement. The metaphors within the play coat the play’s keen dialogue. Sunset Baby’s intellectual prowess stimulates the questions that arise within the play that are centered upon the idea of black fatherhood, young black womanhood, and black radical academia. A great read for all, and an incredible story told through a wide, potent, figurative lens.    

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