Produced by Wrested Veil and Theatre503
Before Evening Comes explores a future where the perceived threat young boys of colour pose has finally been eliminated. The government mandates that once a boy turns thirteen, his right leg is to be amputated just above the knee. Time begins with Totome excited to meet “the butcher” (James) and finally become a man. Totome’s mother Mary, hopes his talent for tap dancing will allow him to stay whole. Theatre503 International Playwriting Award 2018 finalist Philana Imade Omorotionmwan delivers a devastating and terrifying allegory for a future that no longer seems as far-fetched as we can imagine.
Philana Imade Omorotionmwan
Philana is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her writing frequently considers how the processes by which people are othered can often lead to our bodies feeling like prisons.
A 2018-19 Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, she has been a semifinalist for the 2017 Relentless Award, a two-time Heideman Award finalist, and a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and the Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series. Philana earned a BA in English at Stanford University and completed an MFA in Playwriting at OU in 2018.
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