What happens when unconditional love meets unbearable conditions
It’s summer 2016. Only weeks have passed since the country witnessed the deadliest, recorded act of violence against the LGBTQ community. From the pulpit of Holy Ground Baptist Church, Pastor Deirdre Curtis condemns the tragedy’s victims in the name of God and Christianity. As if Deidra’s controlling, judgmental ways have not already alienated herself from her husband, Emmanuel, and her two children, Elijah and Olivia, the loss of one of their own further strains the fragile family. Playwright Paris Crayton III explores a family searching to love and co-exist with a matriarch whose religious devotion threatens each members’ healing and growth. Chasing Gods is an artistic experiment in “radical empathy”—extending compassion and understanding even to those whose ideas and beliefs challenge our own.
Chasing Gods by Paris Crayton III is a story about a family, and their community, that serves as a microcosm of our polarized American society trying to make peace over radically different opinions on faith, LGBT rights, and human rights.
*A workshop production will be presented in collaboration with the Kansas Repertory Theatre this summer. Opening night: July 12th, 2019
PARIS CRAYTON III (playwright) is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He was one of ArtsATL “30 under 30” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Artist to watch.” Creative Loafing ATL named him 2014’s “Best Local Playwright.” Critics have called him “a powerful dramatist” and praised him as “one of the most important emerging playwrights of our time.” His plays have been presented and/or workshopped by The Lark, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Aurora Theatre, Clark University, Working Title Playwrights, Stage Door Players, Rising Sage Theatre, 3 Hill Productions, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Beth Marshall Presents, Indianapolis Fringe Festival and more. He is an Artistic Associate at NewYorkRep. Chasing Gods is a part of The Black Faith Plays, a six-play cycle chronicling the lives of black families and their complicated relationships with religion and faith.
MARKUS POTTER (director) recent direction includes Stalking the Bogeyman off-Broadway at New World Stages (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, NYTimes critics pick), London’s Southwark Playhouse (Off West End Award nomination for best production and direction), Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath at Center Rep (Shellie Award nomination), Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan at The Portland Stage Company, Why You Beasting by David Don Miller (Time Out NY critic’s pick), Weston Playhouse, North Carolina Stage Company, and many more. As an actor he has worked extensively with Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Denver Center and The American Conservatory Theatre. As a commercial producer he was on the team that brought the Arena Theatre production of Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn to Broadway (Estelle Parsons’s Tony Award nomination. Markus received his MFA from Columbia University, and serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas.