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Richardson's Work Is Featured in National Play Festival

October 18, 2016

Mariah Richardson  

A one-minute play written by Mariah Richardson, an adjunct instructor in Mass Communications at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, is part of the “Every 28 Hours” Plays that will be performed in St. Louis at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Richardson’s work, “The Lessons,” is about an African-American family that believes knowledge is power and builds a barricade of books to arm themselves against racism. 

The “Every 28 Hours” Plays were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and includes works by playwrights and theaters nationwide. This national partnership was founded by Dominic D’Andrea, One-Minute Play Festival artistic director, and Claudia Alick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival producer. It focuses on the widely shared statistic that every 28 hours in America, a black person falls target to systemic violence and is killed by the police, vigilante or security guard.

In 2015, the plays were developed in a week-long residency, with participation from 22 theatre artists from across the United States and a St. Louis cohort that included community members, artists and activists. The plays debuted in October 2015 in Ferguson and St. Louis.

The work has been shared across the United States throughout culminating in a national action in October 2016 in which at least 60 theaters and universities are participating.

Richardson is an experienced playwright, professional actress and filmmaker. As a St. Louis native, she’s well aware of the social justice issues associated with the region.

“For me, having the opportunity to contribute to this important national dialogue was both humbling and rewarding as a playwright,” said Richardson. “I am proud to have joined the ranks of so many artist/activists who are creating in this new era of civil rights, shaping the culture of America, and addressing the urgent need for change.”

The “Every 28 Hours” Plays are free and open to the public. The Rep is located at 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves.

Richardson also has created a doll to go with a children’s book she’s published, “Idris Elba is James Bond,” and is currently in a production at Forest Park’s Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts.