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Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea

Nathan Alan Davis

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573706158

Critic's Choice! "A mesmerizing blend of magical realism and poetic social comment [...]" - The Los Angeles Times
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Present Day. Baltimore, Maryland - The Chesapeake Bay coast - The Atlantic Ocean.


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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

Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay, and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.


Critic's Choice! "A mesmerizing blend of magical realism and poetic social comment [...]" - The Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Nathan Alan Davis’s script is sunny and lovable, despite its inexorable pull from present-day Baltimore toward the slave trade’s notorious Middle Passage." - The Washington Post, Read More 

"This fable about a young Black man’s search for an ancestor who leapt off a slave ship as it crossed the Atlantic weaves storytelling, music, dance, and ritual into a fantastical tapestry [...] the result is thrilling." - Los Angeles Post, Read More

"Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea breaks over us like wave upon wave of human love and hope, submerges us in honesty, buoys us by its bold vision and heartfelt voice [...] this beautiful new play is an absolute must." - DC Metro Theaer Arts, Read More 

"[T]his play’s greatness doesn’t really come from the plot, though the plot’s water-tightness and inevitability show playwright Nathan Alan Davis’ incredible skill. The characters and poetically transfixing language are the real stars." - DC Theatre Scene, Read More 

"This play illuminates a corner of the human condition and will change the way we understand a hero in the context of his family." - Eugene Weekly, Read More

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea premired in the Source Festival in Washington DC in June 2014 under the direction of Mark Hairston. The show subsequently received an NNPN Rolling World Premiere.



3m, 4f


Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast

DONTRELL JONES III - (M,18, Black) Heir to a haunting and powerful legacy.
ERIKA - (W, 21, White) A lifeguard and Dontrell's soul mate.
DAD (Dontrell Jones Jr.) - (M, 40s, Black) Dontrell's father.
MOM (Sophia Jones) - (W, 40s, Black) Dontrell's mother.
DANIELLE - (W, 17, Black) Dontrell's little sister.
SHEA - (W, 30s, Black) Dontrell's cousin on his father's side.
ROBBY - (M, 19, Black) Dontrell's best friend and an honorary member of the family.

Nathan Alan Davis

Nathan Alan Davis is a playwright based in New York. His plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem (NYTW), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation) and The Wind and the Breeze (New Harmony Project Residency; Blue Ink Playwriting Award; Lorraine Hansberry Award). He is currently developing projects with The Public Theater, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage ...

Other Nathan Alan Davis titles:

  • Nat Turner in Jerusalem

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