The Submission, Jeff Talbott’s award-winning work that explores issues of race and artistic ownership when an eager playwright hires an actress to portray his nom de plume, opens in its Southeast Regional Premiere October 11th at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta.
The Submission is a play about the nature of identity, and the definition of who a person is in terms of how they see themselves and how they are seen by other people. After years of rejection letters, frustrated playwright Danny Larsen has written a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it has just been selected for the nation’s preeminent Humana festival. Problem is: Danny, a young white gay male, submitted the work under the pen name ‘Shaleeha G’ntamobi’ in the hopes of increasing his chances for success. To cover his deception, Danny hires Emilie, an African American actress, to impersonate the nome de plume. What starts as a terrible idea becomes more and more terrible as Danny drags Emilie, his boyfriend, and his best friend down a long and dirty path of lies, revelation, and betrayal. A fiercely controversial and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other, The Submission addresses the things we’ll do to get what we want.
Directed by Zip Rampy, the cast features Justin Stevens as Danny, Andrew Hibbs as Trevor, Matthew Busch as Pete, and Kymoura Kennedy as Emilie. “More than half of it feels like a comedy,” says director Rampy, “until it dissolves into a war of words. By the end of the play, the gay playwright and the black actress have said some ugly, hurtful things about each other and their respective identities.” Rampy continues, “This play provocatively asks audience members to examine the power of language, specifically profane language.”
The Submission was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference and won the inaugural Laurents-Hatcher award in 2011. It also won the 2012 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for Best New Work.
Please note controversial themes of race and sexuality are part of the mix, as is explicit language.
The Submission runs October 11 through 26, 2013, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $22 in advance, $20 to $25 at the door. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.outofboxtheatre.com or call 678-653-4605.