in Nsangou Njikam's monologue, the character Amen is writing a letter to a potential son or daughter that he hasn't had or even conceived yet. In telling them lessons about life, his lessons veer toward the dangers of living as a black person in this country, which spawns his letter in stating why he won't be bringing any children into this world.
A part of the collection Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments
“[A] stirring and often raw compilation. – Broad Street Review, Read More
“These short monologues chronicle each author's encounters with the daily indecencies of racial profiling, stop-and-frisk, harassment, and casual racism inflicted by police, media, and society in general…each author delivers a brutally honest telling of their own experience.” – Philly.com, Read More
“Hands Up: 7 Playwrights; 7 Testaments makes the idea of "conversation" more than a hopeful shibboleth. With community involvement baked in, it responds directly to the world.” – Indy Week, Read More
- Intense Adult Themes
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$100 with other plays in collection
- Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 10 minutes
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Hands Up received its world premiere at Flashpoint Theatre Company at the University of the Arts on June 13, 2015, directed by Joanna Settle.