Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Azure D. Osborne-Lee's Glass Isn't Half Full, It's Brimming!


Azure D. Osborne-Lee
photo by Gaspar Marquez


After a successful presentation of his play "Crooked Parts" at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival this past spring and time well spent at the Lambda Literary Retreat last summer, TFTT alum Azure D. Osborne-Lee is back with the premiere of "Glass," an experimental work for the theater. In "Glass," a human gets caught in a struggle between gods who wrestle for control of the world.  Azure took a few minutes to tell us about "Glass" and his other upcoming projects and why you need to be at JACK in Brooklyn to witness who survives the epic showdown between the gods who will be battling it out in the play.

Q: Why is Glass a must see for those who know and enjoy your work?
A: "Glass" is my most experimental play to date. The people I'm working with on this show are brilliant and generous and this whole production is extremely collaborative. "Glass" is a must-see for folks who love Blackness, sci-fi, fantasy, and/or new theatre.

Q: Why was it important for you to assemble a creative team who are all women, trans or queer?
A: The sensibility of my work is both queer and feminist. I endeavor to work with people who are also queer and feminist, folks who are professionals but aren't invested in centering heteronormativity in theatre.

Q: You're collaborating with Kirya Traber and Lori E. Parquet again, both of whom were in your short play, The Sandbox, which debuted in TFTT season 6 10-Minute play festival. What do these artists bring to your work?
A: Kirya and I work really well together. We have similar politics and communication styles, and I think that makes our writer/director partnership sing. I met Lori when she was in a reading of my first full-length play "Mirrors." Lori showed me that a brilliant actor could teach me volumes about my own work.

Q: In addition to Brer Rabbit and Anansi the Spider, what other characters from African-American and African folklore would you write about if you could?
A: I'm really interested in examining the multifaceted wonder that is Blackness. My people are from the South, so most of my work has a Southern flavor to it. There's not a particular character from folklore that I'm interested in writing about, but I'm very interested in exploring the ways that our folklore is inherently queer and of the future.

Q: What other upcoming projects do you have in the works?
A: I just finished writing the first draft of a new play called "The Beasts of Warren." I'll likely have a reading of that in the next few months so I can develop that piece further. Also my first full-length play "Mirrors" is currently a finalist for the 2018 Downtown Urban Arts Festival, so hopefully that play will receive a workshop production in the spring.

"Glass" runs from Nov 9-11 at JACK. For more details and purchase tickets click here

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