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Spotlight On... Nathan Alan Davis!

Playwrights’ Corner
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We're shining our spotlight onto Nathan Alan Davis, one of our Venturous Playwriting Fellows, to find out what he's working on, and his preferred writing snack of choice. Nathan will also be featured in our upcoming Meet the Writers event on Monday,  June 7th at 7pm ET, so be sure to RSVP now!


What is the best, most whimsical way you could introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Nathan. What, I’ve been wondering, is behind our desire to be seen as unique? Do we conflate uniqueness with importance? These questions are not rhetorical. But a Shakespeare teacher (or a few of them) taught me that even the seemingly rhetorical questions should be asked wholeheartedly and sincerely. So, once again, hi. Who are you? What do you want me to know about you? And what’s in a name?

What are you working on right now? It can be a play, or something else!

I’m working on a play called The High Ground, which has to do with the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK, AKA Black Wall Street.

Who or what is inspiring you these days?

Albert Murray

Describe your workspace for us! Anything that you keep nearby that might surprise us?

I have a desk. It’s old. My wife found it on Facebook. It has a lot of small compartments. The walls in this room are thin, which is good sometimes and not good some other times. There are a lot of unsorted papers. There’s an Elmer’s glue stick. There’s an empty coffee mug. There are two pairs of scissors. There’s a cat sleeping on a chair on the other side of the room. There’s a ring light facing me, but it’s mercifully turned off right now. There’s a copy of Drug Lords of Oakland by Titus Lee Barnes on my right. To the right of that is The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan. To my left is a copy of The Mojo and the Sayso by Aishah Rahman. Above that, there’s a bottle of hand sanitizer and a green exercise strap that I’m supposed to be using to stretch every day to keep my achilles tendonitis at bay. I got it last week and haven’t used it yet.

If you could summarize this virtual season in 3 words, what would they be?

What is time?

What are you tuned into these days (movies, books, tv, podcasts, music… anything)?

Vievee Francis’s Blue-Tail Fly. Albert Murray’s The Omni-Americans. The BBC’s In Our Time podcast. The John Sayles film The Brother from Another Planet. Very much looking forward to the NBA Playoffs.

What is your writing snack of choice?

Pistachios.

And finally, what are you looking forward to?

At this particular moment, to be honest, it’s hard for me to answer this question.

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