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The World Premiere of 'Tasha

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‘Tasha is a one woman show exploring the in-custody murder of Natasha McKenna at the hands of law enforcement in Farifax, Virginia in 2015. The play, written by artist and activist Cat Brooks, directed by Oakland's Poet Laureate Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, and performed by acclaimed actor Jeunée Simon, explores her life and murder from the point of view of several characters, including Natasha herself. "Natasha started talking so loudly I had to get up and write what she was saying," Brooks said of the script's genesis in 2015.

Dates and Times

Friday, 2/24 @ 7:30pm (Opening Night)

Saturday, 2/25 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, 2/26 @ 2pm

Thursday, 3/2 @ 7:30pm

Friday, 3/3 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, 3/4 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, 3/5 @ 2pm

Thursday, 3/9 @ 7:30pm

Friday, 3/10 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, 3/11 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, 3/12 @ 2pm

Thursday, 3/16 @ 7:30pm

Friday, 3/17 @ 7:30pm 

Saturday, 3/18 @ 7:30pm (Closing Night)

All Performances at:
Z Below
470 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Press Inquiries: Liam Passmore
liam (at) shaveandahaircut (dot) biz ,
415-218-1544

'Tasha Team

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The Anti Police-Terror Project is a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. We support families surviving police terror in their fight for justice, documenting police abuses and connecting impacted families and community members with resources, legal referrals, and opportunities for healing. APTP began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee.

Other Resource Links

For information on MH First Oakland, visit

https://www.facebook.com/MHFirstOak/

 

For information on Kimberlé Crenshaw's Say Her Name Campaign, visit 

https://www.aapf.org/sayhername

The Development of 'Tasha at 3GT

The script for ‘Tasha is based on years of research and rewrites by playwright Cat Brooks, with the help of her community, including longtime creative partner and ‘Tasha dramaturg and director, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga. “Natasha started talking so loudly I had to get up and write what she was saying.” Brooks said of the script’s genesis in 2015. In 2017-2018, Brooks participated in several 3GT script development programs, in which community members offered their thoughts on the impact of playwrights’ work. In 2019, 3GT sent Brooks and Nzinga on a trip to Virginiato speak with some of those close to Natasha and the circumstances surrounding her death. It felt, in Brooks’ words, “unprincipled to continue [developing the script] any further without talking to the people most impacted by her death: her family and her community”. These interviews with Natasha’s community, and the insights they gave Brooks and the creative team, were incorporated into the final script. 

 

The much-anticipated world premier has been delayed by the pandemic since 2020. Sadly, the themes explored have only become more relevant as the pandemic accelerates existing trends, including the oppression and marginalization of Black bodies. The world premier will occur at San Francisco’s Z Below in March 2023, after several pandemic postponements beginning in 2020.

Audience Survey Link

Less than 30% of new plays produced by the American mainstream theatre establishment in any year are written by women. 3GT was founded in 2011 for the express purpose of challenging the cultural bias that favors men’s voices over women’s on stage. We’re proud to be one of the very few theatre companies in the nation that develop and present only plays written by women, trans, and

nonbinary playwrights.  To help us continue this mission, please fill out this SURVEY. 

Funders and Sponsors

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