SheNYC Arts, a New York City-based organization devoted to producing plays, musicals, and adaptations by writers of marginalized genders, has announced casting for their two autumn offerings.
Running in rep from September 23 through October 14, Fort Huachuca by Ailema Sousa and Bloodshot by Elinor T Vanderburg will be the organization's first shows on offer since the completion of their annual Summer festival.
Fort Huachuca is an inside look at army survival in the 1940s, when society treated women and people of color as “less than.” In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, five Black nurses, Mayvee, Georgia, Elinor, Majorie, and Thelma, enlist to serve their country and are sent to Fort Huachuca, an army base camp in Arizona, where codified bias is displayed in stark relief.
The cast will be Ailema Sousa, Chris Yim, Kofi Asanti, Brittany Shonka, Katelyn E. Appiah-Kubi, Nicole Sousa, Luz Ozuna, and Kiyonna Carr.
The second show, Bloodshot, is a pulp noir-inspired comedy is set in an alternate New York. Following two detectives as they attempt to navigate the world as it is being torn apart by a mysterious insomnia plague, the struggle to outpace the dawn before death can descend.
Featuring an original score written and performed by the band The Mombs, Bloodshot will star Fedly Danel, Ben Holbrook, Nijah Dent, Jordan Mosley, Cashton Tate Rehklau, Ray Johnson, and Kofi Asanti. The design team will feature set designer Nora Marlow Smith, costume designer Elinor T Vanderburg, and lighting designer Marcella Barbeau.
Said Artistic Director Danielle DeMatteo: “At SheNYC Arts, our Summer Theater Festival season in New York, LA, and Atlanta was a record-breaking success. Over 3,000 audience members this summer proved that theatre isn't dead; audiences are simply craving theatre from new voices and perspectives. We're thrilled to be building off that success and taking our artists' work to the next level with this run. New York audiences are ready for two incredible shows by Black women, dissecting the Black American experience from World War II to the present, that were found through an open script submission process from hundreds of writers across the country.”
For more information, visit SheARTS.org.