[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ward-winning playwright and AIDS advocate Imani Harrington, aka IMH or Imani Maryahm, delves into the intersectional forces that shape our lives in a new work set for a three-day run as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2015 in New York City. Described as an “installation play” that extends Harrington’s series of work, which includes The Communal Plays, The Process Plays, The Loop and The Practice Plays, “Un Mémoire” is spun from her full-length Cut In The Blood/Ashes To Dust.
Harrington’s work revels in how social and cultural practices interlace to create realities, including how we understand and respond to the AIDS pandemic. Although Harrington’s background started with acting, she has been writing since the early days of the pandemic and creates in the visual arts as well as produces. In terms of her literary efforts, she gave the world Love & Danger, the first literary play about women and AIDS. Harrington coedited Positive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV/AIDS, the first anthology of plays, poetry and prose in a theatrical format that traced responses to the pandemic by women of color.
“Un Mémoire” follows Lucky Man, who returns to a plantation at which his descendants were once enslaved. There he is faced with surprises that lead him to unexpected discoveries. Seven Miles, a relative of Lucky Man, also embarks on a journey through the past.
Says Harrington: “It unravels the complexities of race, class, gender and identity, spiritual health and well-being, and varied perceptions of what it means to be ‘black,’ while ‘Native’ and ‘Indigenous,’ ‘Gullah/Geeche’ and Caucasian—European and other cultural identities and histories collide with reality and implicated visions of its characters.”
The project is seeking funding for its limited run: Saturday, February 26, 6:15 p.m., February 27, 6:15 p.m., and March 1, 9:30 p.m. The festival will take place at The Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios, 4th Floor, 440 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.
The Special Installation Project will only accept donations up until March 1, 2015. If you would like to contribute directly to this project, contact Imani Harrington by e-mail at [email protected].