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Finalists of the Eighth Annual
Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Award
on the African American Experience

Winner - Playwright: Daysha Edewi


Identical twin sisters realized early on that despite having the same blood, nothing about them is identical. Years of tension erupt during senior year of high school when Ya-Ya discovers she is pregnant and Nikki reveals to her African American family that she is seriously dating a white man.

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Daysha Edewiis a graduating senior at Scripps College majoring in Media Studies with a film/video production concentration, and a minor in Psychology. She is originally from Cambridge, MA where she first got engaged to theatre at the age of 10 as an actress. Since then she has performed in a variety of ensemble casts such as Central Square Theater's Youth Underground and Concord Academy's Theatre 3 Company. After arriving at Scripps, she has used her background in theatre to transition into film, specifically in more behind-the-scenes roles, such as writing, directing, and producing. Sisters/Sistahz is her first completed play.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with Daysha Edewi.

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Honorable Mention - Playwright: Skylar Fox

The Last of the Living Jeffersons

The last four living descendants of Thomas Jefferson have gathered in a theatre. Two are black, two are white. Of course, they’ve made a pact to get their tubes tied, ending the Jefferson bloodline forever and recounting their history on their terms.

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SKYLAR FOX is a playwright, director, and actor based both in Boston, MA and Providence, RI, where he is a current junior at Brown University. Recent writing credits include A Brief Informational Session on What Used to Be Central Park (Everyday Inferno, NYC), and The Archives (Fort Point Theatre Channel, Boston, MA). He is the founding artistic director of The Circuit Theatre Company in Boston, where he has directed nine productions over the course of the last four seasons. Most recently, he directed he six-hour epic The Valentine Trilogy, and the Boston premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s trilogy, Passion Play, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award. Other directing credits include Providence premieres of The Aliens by Annie Baker and The Hotel Nepenthe by John Kuntz, as well as Enron by Lucy Prebble, Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and the world-premiere production of Minuet: a lullaby by Seth Simons.


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