Meet the Playwrights to “Wake Up to Life: Out of the Ashes”

Adetokunbo Knowles Borishade, Ph.D. Adetokunbo Knowles Borishade, Ph.D. is an emerging local producer, playwright, and screenwriter. She is a semi-retired professor who uses her scholarship and expertise in Africana Studies to continue teaching knowledge of African history and culture in the field of performing arts rather than limiting it to academics. Since her retirement in 2013,…

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“Wake Up to Life: Out of the Ashes” Play Synopses

This innovative project is a collection of one-act plays and scenes from four emerging African-American playwrights. The featured Playwright’s Showcase is co-directed by Jeannine Gaskin and Ansley Valentine. Please join us as we reflect on themes of self-esteem and health issues. Synopses: “To Be or Not to Be African” by Adetokunbo Borishade Kyra Johnson, a…

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Meet the “Wake Up to Life: Out of the Ashes” Co-Directors!

Jeannine Gaskin Jeannine Gaskin, a Cleveland actress and director, is excited to be co-directing this showcase of new plays with Ansley Valentine. She just finished co-directing “Until the Flood” by Dael Orlandersmith at Malone University with Craig Joseph. She had her directorial debut at Baldwin Wallace University in “Devised Blues: Uncut & Funky” and she…

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Meet Peter A. Fields and Evonne Fields-Gould

Check out my interviews with Peter Fields and Evonne Fields-Gould on their playwrights’ artistic writing process of: “That Guy” and “Where Winter Rests on a Wounded Heart.” These plays are part of the “Wake Up to Life: Out of the Ashes” projects funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and supported by Rainey Institute. Do check…

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