Heal the Divide: We Are Always/And Never, by Cody Daigle-Orians

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is We Are Always/And Never, by Hartford, Connecticut playwright Cody Daigle-Orians.


So there’s this thing called a “brojob”: straight guys hooking up with other straight guys to “help each other out”… but they’re not gay! They’re still straight! it’s just bros helping bros, bro! And there’s a whole online world of married straight guys trolling for sex with femme men (usually they derogatorily call them “crossdressers”) — men they’d fuck, but men

they’d never acknowledge in the world.

So I wrote a little love story. All the Craigslist ads are real and unedited.


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Heal the Divide – To History:Two, by Jaisey Bates

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is To History: Two, by Jaisey Bates – an Indigenous-heritaged Planet Nine playwright currently residing (hopefully not for much longer) in La La Land.


TO HISTORY
/ To Whom It 
May Concern.

TWO: War
/ Games

This Letter
was inspired by
a FB friend’s
FB posts re:

a town
with a school
with a Native
mascot.

A town
with a chamber
of commerce whose
leadership set up

“The First Annual
Hunt for the Indian!”
treasure hunt

aiming to encourage
shoppers to Shop Local
during the holidays.

A town
where there was a
massacre of Natives.

A town
where the government
paid bounties for Native
captives, or scalps:

Man.
Woman.
Or child.

SPECIAL THANKS to Mr. Martin Neptune, Penobscot Elder, for his permission to share his eloquent and powerful words with all who read this play.

Learn more: www.ncai.org/proudtobe


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Heal the Divide: The Little Things, by Rachael Brogan Flanery

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is The Little Things , by Minneapolis, MN playwright Rachel Brogan Flanery.


 

This little play seems a little snarky. It is. Towards myself mostly. I am the guiltiest of all “woke” people for showing up one day in a pussy hat and back to my couch the next. I spend less time on CNN and more on Pinterest.

 

 

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Heal the Divide: The Last of Our Kind, by Cody Daigle-Orians

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is The Last of Our Kind, by Hartford, Connecticut playwright Cody Daigle-Orians.


Since the election, one of the things I’ve heard most often is, “I can’t believe this is where we are; I can’t believe this is what we are.” So I wanted to write something that responded to that disbelief and took it to its extreme conclusion. “Last of Our Kind” is a sort of social horror sci-fi story, which I thought was the right spirit for our political times. There’s not much more to say about the play, other than a wish that it always remains fiction.


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Heal the Divide – To History: One, by Jaisey Bates

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is To History: One, by Los Angeles playwright Jaisey Bates


TO HISTORY
/ To Whom It
May Concern.

One: War
/ Paint

This Letter
was inspired by
a friend’s FB post

re: a Native play
silenced by
a new sculpture

based on a scaffold
that silenced
Natives’ lives.

Here’s a quote from her post (also included with her permission in the ensemble spoken word poem play):

“NOBODY came to our event tonight because our ENTIRE audience went to protest at the Walker instead of celebrating OUR own Native-made art right here. A perfect example of how our communities of color are forced over and over to defend our people and histories and to educate at the expense of celebrating our own vitality.” — Rhianna Yazzie, Founder, New Native Theatre, MN

Here’s the goal of this Letter:

“Putting the history side-by-side to the night when people from the Native community had to choose to either celebrate who we are or fight for our voices to be heard.” — Vanessa Goodthunder (Dakota), Company Member, New Native Theatre

To learn about New Native Theatre:
newnativetheatre.org


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Heal the Divide: Dreaming, by Diana Burbano

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is Dreaming, by Long Beach playwright Diana Burbano .


The ending of DACA, and the lack of response to Puerto Rico, made me want to dig deeper into stories of the immigrant community.  I recently met a woman, a beautiful Mexican woman who is a jazz singer, who shared with me heartbreaking stories of how she had been treated as a Mexican in America. How her humanity was questioned because she worked minimum wage or under the table jobs. I had another friend who recently saw her daughters fiancé off to basic training. He assumed that of course he would be naturalized, because he was willing to die for his adopted country. He had been singled out by recruiters because he was a poor undocumented Latino. I put the stories together, and it became a short story of a mother saying goodbye to her child.


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Heal the Divide: Boxes, by Jen Huszcza

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is Boxes, by Los Angeles playwright Jen Huszcza.


It took me several drafts to get to the play below. The image of boxes fighting for space came to me after Charlottesville. I had also been reading Jeremiah Moss’s Vanishing New York about the gentrification of New York City in the twenty-first century.

At first, I had the boxes talking, but then I realized what they were saying was redundant. The gestures were what I needed. This is the first time I’ve ever put charts in a play.

Since this is the last play of the cycle, I wish to thank Tiffany and Heal the Divide for letting me react to the news cycle in my own way. I want to thank my fellow playwrights whose work delighted me and challenged me.

Peace.

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Heal the Divide: Swing Low, by Taijee Bunch

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is a monologue titled Swing Low, by Southern Arkansas University student Taijee Bunch, a playwright from Lonoke, AR.


I wrote this piece because I wanted to continue on with the trend of breaking the barriers of stereotypes in my community. A huge one that included myself, was that there aren’t many positive male figures in the stereotyped black home. I feel that this was a sensitive area for me and the men in my community. I actually didn’t have a strong relationship with my dad until I was much older and I grew to understand and appreciate him, however a lot of families aren’t that lucky. I hope that this piece will inspire black men to see that there definitely needs to be a change in the way we see ourselves and how others see us.


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Heal the Divide: The Weather Today, by David Hilder

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is The Weather Today, by David Hilder, a playwright from NYC, NY. 


In this piece — which, yes, I wrote while in London (today) — I wanted to step back from everything and look at conversation, that lost art I so often miss in political discourse. I started out thinking about the weather and ended up with some sort of neo-Socratic dialogue, which wasn’t my aim, but that’s the great thing about writing: Being surprised.


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Heal the Divide: The Reality, by Mikki Russ

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Every week we will be sharing new plays by our Heal the Divide playwrights.  This week’s play is The Reality, by Mikki Russ, a playwright from Prescott, AZ. 


Joe Arpaio has been a fixture in my life for many years, since I have been a long time resident of Arizona. I grew up in the state. I can’t recall a time he wasn’t Sherriff of Maricopa County. I agonized over this man in many ways over the years as he pinged from headline to headline like some bionic tiddlywink game piece alight with self-importance and profound malice. I was sitting at the kitchen table having coffee when I heard that Trump was getting ready to pardon Arpaio for his slap-on-the-wrist conviction (hard won though, as I am sure it was). I remember laughing aloud. I was sure the comment was in jest. I waited for the part of the statement that would confirm that a joke was unfolding a la’ SNL.  Nope.  And here we are.

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