Sunset Baby

by  Dominique Morisseau

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died, and 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 energized, vibrant, and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide. One of the most exciting and distinctive voices in America.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

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

Videos

  • Sunset Baby scene - Timeline Theatre
  • Sunset Baby scene 2 - Timeline Theatre
  • Sunset Baby City Theatre Trailer
  • Sunset Baby Rep Stage Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: An apartment in East New York, Brooklyn. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 1f
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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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Dominique Morisseau

DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), ...

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

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