HowlRound Theatre Commons and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have named veteran DC playwright and director Psalmayene 24 as recipient of the National Playwright Residency Program Award. The award provides the Brooklyn native three years of salary and workshop funding to Mosaic Theater to support the residency.
The now DC resident and nominee for the 2020 Charles Macarthur/Helen Hayes Outstanding New Play Award for his play, “Les Deux Noirs: Notes On Notes of a Native Son,” added “I came of age, as a man and an artist, in DC. I wrote my first play in DC. I met my wife in DC. So, as my adopted hometown, I feel a strong connection to many of the theaters in the DC area, especially Mosaic.”
The scope of the residency is ambitious including the continued development of a project now in the drafting stage and will be written and performed by the author himself, entitled "Dear Mapel." The play is based on Psalmayene 24’s letters (actual and imagined) to the deceased father he hardly knew, sharing a coming-of-age story within a coming-to-terms hole in his heart.