Shows & Events

Play Club: Furlough’s Paradise


Apr 16, 2024

7:00 pm



Play Club: Furlough's Paradise

About Play Club

A book club – but plays! Join Long Wharf Theatre’s Associate Producer Kate Moore Heaney, along with guest artists, as we discuss a featured play. Play Club scripts dive into Long Wharf Theatre’s archive as well as provide a glimpse into its future. Come join this virtual discussion with fellow LWT theatre lovers from the comfort of your own home!

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About the Play

On a three-day furlough from prison, Sade stays with her only cousin, Mina, who has returned to her hometown from the West Coast for her aunt’s funeral. The cousins try to make sense of grief, home, love, and kinship as their time ticks towards the correctional officer’s arrival.

About the Playwright

a.k. payne is a playwright and theatermaker with roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her plays love on and engage Black lives and languages beyond the confines of linear time to find/remember stories that might create conditions for our collective liberation(s). They hold a B.A. in English and African-American Studies from Yale College and an MFA in Playwriting under Tarell Alvin McCraney from fka Yale School of Drama. Their work has been a finalist for the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. They are a grandchild of the Great Migration; a queer & non-binary abolitionist affected in community by the ‘New Jim Crow;” and of a great lineage of Black women storytellers and living-room archivists; all of which deeply informs, uplifts and amplifies their work as a playwright, community organizer and spacemaker