Black Super Hero Magic Mama

Black Super Hero Magic Mama

March 5 - April 14, 2019
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

World Premiere
Written by Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Featuring Noah Abbott, Reiko Aylesworth, Walter Belenky, Daryl C. Brown, Kevin Douglas, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Cedric Joe & Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

When Sabrina loses her 14-year-old son Tramarion to a police shooting, she is unable to face the ensuing flurry of media attention. Crippled by grief, she retreats into a fantasy world of superheroes and arch-villains that inhabit the comic book created by her son before his death. Assuming the role of The Maasai Angel rather than the expected part of the grieving mother, Sabrina battles her enemies along the way to peace.

This world premiere play helmed by lauded director Robert O’Hara (Barbecue, Bootycandy, Eclipsed) is both heartbreaking and highly inventive. With unbridled imagination, Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván’s Black Super Hero Magic Mama gives us the hero we have been waiting for.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund

Grants from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and The David Lee Foundation are providing support for this production



Meet The Artists

Inda is a Chicagoan living in Los Angeles. Where it’s warm. Inda’s plays have been developed and presented at theaters including Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival, The Old Globe, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Skylight Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Playwrights’ Arena MPAACT, Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Honors: The Kilroys List, The Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Urbanworld Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting, Black & Latino Playwrights Conference Winner, WomenWorks Playwriting Winner, Humanitas Play LA, and Princess Grace Award in Playwriting (runner-up). In addition to writing theater, Inda is a television staff writer on ABC’s The Rookie. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, University of Southern California.

ROBERT O'HARA (Director)
Robert O’Hara has received 2 NAACP Awards (Best Director and Best Play), the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two OBIE Awards, Alpert Award and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Gurira’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His recent plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival, respectively. His recent directing projects include Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at City Center/Encores Off Center, Universes’ Uni/Son (inspired by the poetry of August Wilson) at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Slave Play at New York Theatre Workshop. He holds a Directing M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Upcoming Shows & Events

March 2019

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Performance Info

95 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.