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Darius and Twig

Darius & Twig

Friday, October 30, 2015 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Performances For Young Audiences

Two teenage best friends--one a writer, the other an athlete--use their unique gifts to rise above inner-city struggles in this world premiere play based on Walter Dean Myers's award-winning novel. Age 13+

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Can two friends break away from the city to live their dreams?

Darius & Twig

A Kennedy Center world premiere commission
Based on the novel Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
Adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Cast features Manu Kumasi, Latia Stokes, Justin Weeks, and Christopher Wilson

On Harlem's 145th Street, teenage best friends Darius and Twig dream of a world beyond the confines of their daily lives. Darius is a writer, whose latest story might be published in a magazine--if only he can keep his alter ego, a fierce falcon, in check. And Twig is a runner, whose speed and endurance might bring him a scholarship--if only he can impress college scouts at an upcoming meet. But with Darius's mother barely scraping by, pressure from Twig's uncle to give up racing, and bullies Midnight and Tall Boy constantly on their case, these true-blue allies may not truly be free to use their gifts.
Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life" (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit. Street-smart and suspenseful, playful and profound, Darius & Twig is ultimately the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves.

Most enjoyed by age 13 and up. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
Please note: Play's subject matter is intended for older audiences and the play includes choreographed stage violence and prop guns.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.