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.
"[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
- Intense Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: An apartment in East New York, Brooklyn.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
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.
- Multicultural casting
Sunset Baby premiered at the Labyrinth Theatre Company on November 6, 2013 under the direction of Kamilah Forbes.