Fund for New American Plays

Seeking the Genesis

The Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

When a single mother with a drug-dealing teenage son is told there might be a way to save her hyperactive younger boy from a similar fate, she is willing to listen. When she is told that a hyperactivity drug might even improve the young boy's performance in school, she's willing to try it. But when she discovers that the medication robs her son of his individuality, she is confronted with a nearly impossible choice. In Kia Corthron's Seeking the Genesis, a society attempts to pacify that which it cannot tolerate, and a mother is faced with the ultimate moral challenge: whether to sacrifice her child's present existence for the unknown chance of his outgrowing his problems in the future.

Kia Corthron's plays Cage Rhythm and Come Down Burning were workshopped at the Long Wharf Theatre and later were read as part of the Philadelphia Theatre Company's One Act Festival. Come Down Burning was previously presented at the Voice & Vision Women's Theatre Retreat in Northampton, Massachusetts, and read at Playwrights Horizons and Circle Repertory Company. Her play Wake Up Lou Riser was produced in the Circle Rep Lab and will be produced this winter at Delaware Theatre Company. She was the first recipient of the Manhattan Theatre Club's Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, and under its commission wrote Catnap Allegiance. Catnap Allegiance had its world premiere last spring at Otterbien College Theatre in Westerville, Ohio. Corthron wrote Diggin Eleven under commission from Second Stage Theatre. Corthron has an MFA in Theater Arts from Columbia University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Director: Tazewell Thompson
Running Dates: October 18 - November 17, 1996.

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