Black Anthology 2021: essential(s)

What is essential? Black Anthology’s mission is to explore and celebrate the lived experience and artistry of Black people. All of our pieces of Blackness—the weird ones, the non-stereotypical ones, the flawed ones, and especially the permanent ones—have a place on the stage. This play is the product of a pandemic, but it is not a pandemic play. It is a celebration of family, love, and identity, and what it means to lose them.

—Jamila Dawkins, Playwright

Black Anthology’s essential(s) will premiere on March 13th at 7pm CST and will remain available on-demand for the remainder of the weekend. The show will be free of charge. The show is the product of a pandemic, but it is not a pandemic play. This is Black Anthology’s 32nd annual production and continues the longstanding tradition of generating important dialogue on issues impacting the Black Community.  Every year, Black Anthology presents work that not only Black students can sympathize with, but the production reaches across racial boundaries to touch all students, faculty, and the St. Louis community-at-large.

Please join us for a free virtual livestream starting Saturday, March 13, at 7:00 PM CST. We are also excited to welcome you to our free virtual post-show discussion on Sunday, March 14, at 1:00 PM CST.

If you would like a printed copy of this year’s playbill, please email us. Otherwise, view the digital PDF below.