A Reading of a New Play by Charles Dumas
Directed by Cheryl D. Singleton
June 19, 2014, at UMass Boston
Brian De Lorenzo
Harsh J. Gagoomal
Fort Point Theater Channel commissioned the American actor, playwright, and director Charles Dumas to write a counterpoint to Waiting for Gilgamesh, exploring different U.S. points of view about the conflict in Iraq. A public reading of this new play, with the working title Reconciliation, took place in conjunction with the performances of Waiting for Gilgamesh and the annual Writers Workshop at the Joiner Institute.
Tamziq: Scattered and Connected
The commissioning of Reconciliation, the production of Waiting for Gilgamesh, and other activities continue the collaboration among the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, artist in residence Anne Loyer of the Odysseus Project, and Fort Point Theater Channel on the project Tamziq: Scattered and Connected. Also collaborating in this project now is the Center for Arabic Culture.
About the Playwright
Charles Dumas is a professional actor, director, and writer and the artistic director and co-founder of the Loaves and Fish Traveling Rep Company. He recently retired as professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State University. He is also senior professor at the University of the Free State in the Republic of South Africa and former director of the Acting in Media program at Temple University and associate professor in PSU’s Department of African and African-American Studies. His play 9/11: A Day in the Life of a People was chosen for the Philadelphia Fringe and performed at the National Constitution Center, and Wolf by the Ears was one of the five finalists as the best play written by an African-American. He has been a company member of Negro Ensemble Company, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare at Folger, Pennsylvania Stage, and Main Street Theatre. He is a member of the Writers Guild, SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatist Guild.