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
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Present Day. Baltimore, Maryland - The Chesapeake Bay coast - The Atlantic Ocean.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
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.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Ensemble cast
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.