The Nightingale Theater plays host to Black Wall Street Theatre’s first production, The Hexagon: A Series of Six Short Plays, which debuted to a full house Thursday evening.
Black Wall Street Theatre and The Hexagon Series originated out of a conversation held between playwrights Joshua Wann and Dr. Ricco Wright about the type of entertainment they would like to experience in the Tulsa area. Rather than seek another production company to house their concept, Wann and Wright felt compelled to direct and produce The Hexagon personally.
The series is fully cast, written, and directed by Tulsa creatives, some making their first journey into theater with the platform provided by Black Wall Street Theatre and The Hexagon Series. The talent of the actresses and actors elevates the experience, allowing you to be drawn into the space and emotions created by the playwrights.
The six shorts within the Hexagon series run the spectrum from comical to dramatic, touching on a variety of subjects. Each act speaks to a facet of society we have all been affected by, mirroring the interlocking and abutting structure of life.
One of the three plays written by Wann featured a commentary interweaving the intersections of deepening commitment and indecisiveness with the romanticism of homosexuality in the eyes of the cis population versus the reality of finding a partner that can be true to themselves, and the world, in an unconventional relationship. The tension build up in this play is cleverly released through a sidebar relating our way of overcompensating sometimes lackluster lives with a robust social media presence.
Fashion Designer Lisa Jae Campbell’s play in the series detailed the layers of emotion that a family is left to bear with following the violent and unexpected death of a loved one killed at the hands of police. The innocent start belies what is about to unravel as each character in turn makes the descent into the stages of grief, internally and with the audience. The women, each of different generations, wrestle with their pain in a way that illustrates the different roles women are expected to fill in our society and the constraints society puts on grief.
The Hexagon: A Series of Six Short Plays will continue to run this Friday and Saturday only, curtain at 7:00 P.M. You can find more information about the series and Black Wall Street Theatre here.
Casey McLerran is the Literary Editor at the Black Wall Street Times. She is a Sooner State transplant from Forest Hills, NY. McLerran arrived in Oklahoma at the age of three shortly after gentrification displaced her and her family out of their home in New York. At first glance, many think they have McLerran figured out. To be frank, she’s a biracial American young woman that unapologetically embraces her half-African identity — a feminist-womanist she is. Her pen operates as her voice as well as her sword. Her accolades include the 2018 Rural Oklahoma Poetry Museum’s Oklahoma Poem Award, a business management degree, and her three beautiful children. Her objective with the Black Wall Street Times is to elevate and amplify the literary art of modern black American culture, pay tribute to African-American literary trailblazers, all while simultaneously linking and introducing children to the world of colorful American writers.