IS GOD IS by Aleshea Harris
128 x 178mm, 134 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, die cut detail on cover, 2017
Introduced by Dawn Lundy Martin
Winner of the 2016 Relentless Award from The American Playwriting Foundation
Winner of a 2018 Obie Award for Playwriting
Blending epic tragedy, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk, Is God Is is a revenge tale about twin sisters. In this award-winning work by playwright Aleshea Harris, emotions are laid bare through dialogue and visual gaps in language.
Aleshea Harris’s epic western revenge play Is God Is (world premiere directed by Taibi Magar at Soho Rep) won the 2016 Relentless Award, an OBIE award for playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. What to Send Up When It Goes Down, a ritualized response to anti-blackness, had its critically-acclaimed NYC premier (dir. Whitney White, produced by The Movement Theatre Company), then toured D.C. and Boston in fall of 2019, was featured in American Theatre Magazine’s April ’19 issue and won a rare Special Commendation from the 2020 Blackburn Prize. Harris was awarded the Next Step Award from Samuel French and is a recipient of the 2020 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.
Dawn Lundy Martin was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her first poetry collection, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering. Her collection Life in a Box is a Pretty Life was published in 2015 by Nightboat Books. A founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.