February 28, 29 @ 7:30pm | February 29, March 1 @ 2 PM

Broken, Healed & Holding On

Fully Produced, New Short Plays Written by Women of Color 

The festival will consist of six 10-minute Plays:

Dance Lesson by Talaya Freeman
Two weeks before his wedding Nick is in a panic. His mother has just informed him that she wants to dance at the reception. Nick fears his mother will make a fool of herself, so he and his sister Angie plot to prevent this fiasco and save him from embarrassment.


Green Thumb by Candis Hilton
This play follows the story of a young girl, Makayla Williams, who has an amazing ability that will turn her town upside-down. This production is magical, thought provoking with a hint of laughter and it will leave audiences wanting more.


Pulled by Stephanie Marson EdD
Tony, Naomi and Jake’s son is spiraling out of control at school.  Naomi and Jake try to help their son, but their issues might be too much for them to handle.  Can they help their son and their relationship before it is too late?


Unpacking the Past by Thelma Hilton Pierce
Unpacking the Past presents like a time capsule opening up. Shocking secrets from the past are revealed through flashbacks from the segregated 1950s as three African American sisters in today’s time, unpack a storage area that has been left unattended after the death of their parents. Cora, Lilly, and Christina uncover the secrets of heinous crimes that were committed against girls in their childhood neighborhood. Visions of the past are revisited through flashbacks to the 1950s as Frank and Willie Mae, their parents, grapple with ways to protect and defend the girls in the neighborhood.


Four Wives by Debbie A. Sage
The powerful Dr. Francois McKenney has money, cars, homes, and a successful business. Oh, did I mention he also has FOUR wives.   “FOUR WIVES”, but don’t be fooled, things aren’t always as they seem.  Not even his money can bargain with death.


TRAUMA by Abria Smith
As a couple, they seem to be compatible in every way. But like a shadow looming over the bright beacon of their newfound relationship, one overlooked aspect they never thought to consider, an unexpected bushel of dark fruit, threatens to separate them.


Talaya Freeman (Dance Lesson) is pleased to be a part of this Gloucester Stage Company Production. She is has been a member of Our Place Theatre Project since 2003 and has performed in five African American Theatre Festivals. Other productions include The Bluest EyeThree Graces, and Rhythm of the People. She was last seen in the staged readings of Jenny Don’t Sing No More and Stop and Frisk.


Candis Hilton is pleased to be back at Gloucester Stage after playing Phillis Wheatley in Wrestling with Freedom III last season. She is a member of the Our Place Theatre Company where she has studied acting and writing for over four years. Candis is thrilled to see her Green Thumb play produced by Our Place Theatre in collaboration with Gloucester Stage. Her last written piece was in Healing Waters at the Calderwood Pavilion.


Dr. Stephanie Marson Lee (Pulled) is currently a Theatre Arts Teacher and a member of Our Place Theater.  She performed in many plays including  Lysistrata, Walker by Derek Walcott, and Blues for an Alabama Sky to name a few.  TV credits include the Historical Documentary, Slavery and the Making of America, which aired on PBS.  Short film credits include Sexy Bully.  Web Series credits include The Halls.  She gives thanks to God and her family.


Thelma Hilton Pierce (Unpacking the Past) is excited and very grateful to the Gloucester Stage Company, Our Place Theatre and Jacqui Parker for the opportunity to perform and present her play in the festival. Ms. Pierce has most recently performed as Ruth in King Headley II. She has also written several other plays, The Gathering, Encounter in the Park, and Lady in Pink.


Debbie A. Sage (My Four Wives) is a playwright and director. She has written and produced A Singer’s Confession in 2010, has written and directed Who Do They Think They Are in 2012, and continues to write and direct several small skits. In 2017, Debbie partnered with Shanica Allen-Farrell and they founded their company “S & D Productions Co”. Debbie is a member of Our Place Theatre, where she is currently working closely with Jacqui Parker in development of her skills in playwriting, directing and producing. As a playwright, Debbie is very excited to be a part of this film festival and looks forward to seeing her work My Four Wives come alive on the stage. She appreciates the opportunity that Our Place Theatre and The Gloucester Stage Company has given to her.


Abria Smith Boston Native, is honored and excited to make her Gloucester Stage Company debut as both an actor and playwright. A proud member of Our Place Theatre Company for nearly 20 years, Abria has honed her craft under the tutelage of Ms. Jacqui Parker.  Abria is a published author and songwriter and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. The importance of the arts in her life is best summed up by her signature statement, “When I cease to create, I cease to exist.”

Jacqui Parker (Director) is an Actor, Director and Playwright. She is an Elliott Norton Award, winner, and has received, seven Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) along with numerous other community leadership awards including the DRYLONGSO Award for consistent and courageous contributions in the struggle against racism. Ms. Parker was a visiting playwright at Hibernian hall (2016- 2017) where she wrote five plays including A Crack in the Blue Wall, which was nominated for Best New Play. Ms. Parker recently received the 2016 Community Catalyst Award by Madison Park Development Corporation. As an Actor Jacqui Parker has worked on stages across the country for the last twenty years playing roles such as; Rose in FENCES, Caroline in Caroline or Change, Billie Holiday, In Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille, Dr. Bessie Delaney, in Having Our Say, Elizabeth in Old Settler, Woman One, From The Mississippi Delta, along with several plays by Commonwealth Shakespeare and Our Place Theatre Project where she is the Artistic Director teaching acting and play-writing since 1998. As a teaching Artist Parker has taught individual and devising play-writing. For three years she was on the I Dream Team at Emerson College teaching youth in various communities throughout Boston to write their stories. At Our Place Theatre Miss Parker founded the African American Theatre Festival and has worked with hundreds of new and emerging playwrights, actors and directors to develop and produce their work on the stages of Boston. Her directing credits include over 30 plays at Our Place Theatre, Emerson College, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory, Boston Center for the Arts and The Calderwood Pavilion.

Lucas Alves (Various) was born in Boston, MA and raised in Taunton MA. He is excited to make his debut at Gloucester Stage Company and Our Place Theatre. Lucas recently played the lead role of Johnny Peterson in Stop & Frisk.  He is a member of Our Place Theatre where he studies acting.


Hon. Judith Nelson Dilday, (Multiple Roles) is thrilled to be a part of The Gloucester Stage Company and Our Place Theatre Women of Color Theatre Festival. Her Massachusetts credits include 20th Century Blues (The Burlington Players), The Audacity: Women Speak (Sleeping Weasel), Slam Boston (Open Theatre Project),Top Eye Open (Hibernian Hall), The Crucible (Franklin Performing Arts Company), Bold Moves (Hibernian Hall) The Women of August Wilson (Our Place Theatre ), Healing Waters (Our Place Theater), and Black Nativity (National Center of Afro-American Artists). Ms. Dilday is a Boston-based retired judge and former French teacher.

Our Place Theater’s mission is to cross the divides of of race, sex, religion and neighborhood turf, to embrace our differences and celebrate those things that make us the same by telling our stories.

For more information contact artistic director Jacqui Parker at optjacquil123@icloud.com