Black Magic

Written by Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence ’16, Jenny Gathright ’16, Darius Johnson ’18, Madison Johnson ’18, and Ian Askew ’19
Directed by Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence ’16
Produced by Jennifer Berrian ’16 and Jenny Gathright ’16

Friday, April 1st at 8 pm (free with HUID)
Saturday, April 2nd at 2 pm*
Saturday, April 2nd at 8 pm
Sunday, April 3rd at 2 pm*
Sunday, April 3rd at 8 pm
Wednesday, April 6th at 8 pm*
Thursday, April 7th at 8 pm
Saturday, April 9th at 2 pm*

*$5 for students, $10 general admission.

Run time: 2 hours with intermission.

Black Magic is a play written by a group of Black students at Harvard College. It is a story about the way this place changes us, and the way we change this place. The play follows several characters, all black students at Harvard, through their personal journeys during their time here—through race, through sexuality, through gender—as they grapple with how to hold all of these in one body—and how to move that body through a world in which racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia are a constant presence.

This play is about relationships, this play is about love: How do we hold each other in the midst of all this? It is about how it feels to be black on campus in this time: How does the news crash through our days, how do we feel it in our bodies? News of black death, of black bodies falling, breaking, hanging; of black bodies marching, rising, shouting, filling the streets in protest. How does it feel to be black in section, black in the dining hall, black in America, when these things happen? What does it feel like to come of age amidst this uprising? As we see our friends sitting in, occupying presidents’ offices and administration buildings, making black bodies visible, demanding to be seen, heard, and safe on campuses across the nation—we write a play and ask: What does it mean for us to take over a stage?

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Eli … Louis Aghanwa
Amari … Caleb Lewis
CJ … Tatiana DuBose-Butler
Anika … Peryn Reeves-Darby
Syd … Ogechi Obed

Black Table Ensemble:

Abdullah … Desmond Green
Damien … Jonathan Sands
Imani … Angelica Chima
Monica … Lethu Ntshinga
Jordyn … Genesis DeLos Santos

Director … Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence
Assistant Director … Ian Askew
Co-Producer … Jennifer Berrian
Co-Producer … Jenny Gathright
Stage Manager … Darius Johnson
Set Designer … Madison Johnson
Projection Designer … Zac Wong
Technical Director … Jesus Moran
Costume Designer … Elodie St. Louis
Costume Advisor … Aislinn Brophy
Sound Designer … Ciara Adkins
Props Designer … Jumai Yusuf