Mosaic Theater’s much heralded “Dear Mapel” has finally hit the stage. In a nutshell, it’s a monologue plus 1, with very creative staging and uses of props. The performance is where playwright Psalmayene 24 openly shares his life story with an emphasis on his growing up with an absent father.
Despite the interactive set, the 90-minute monologue requires a lot of listening to get the message. “I would have to go back and see it again to give a full critique,” commented viewer Vanessa Petty.
On stage, the native New Yorker seems to reveal everything from being a part of a male dance troupe that is surprised to be applauded by Black lesbians in a Black lesbian bar to having sex with a woman, reaching into her underwear, and pulling his hand back full of blood.
With a desk as the main prop, Psalmayene 24 made the simple prop magical including once pulling one drawer in and out as he described his coming of age with a young lady. “That setting was ingenious,” added Petty.