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Full-Length plays

mourning doves
or, the bird play

a full-length play by Imani Russell

2021 ---- After the death of her grandfather, Guëndis finds herself missing out on her last year of high school to take care of her grieving mother, grandmother, and sister. Forced to grow up too soon, she tries to cope in her own way... with the help of a familiar and possibly otherworldly friend. Mourning Doves (or, the bird play) explores the decay/regeneration of a family, the pressures of being an eldest daughter, and asks:

"who has the right to grieve?"

partially developed through The Lark's Beyond the Binary writer's group

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Gold star

a full-length play by Imani Russell

 

2017 ---- Gold Star opens just after Lottie is left at the altar on her wedding day. Heartbroken and reeling from this grand deviation from her life plan, Lottie reflects on her past and for the first time in her life, begins to confront and navigate her sexuality. The play weaves together scenes set in Lottie's present (2008) and flashbacks to her adolescence (the 1990s) to form a non-linear exploration of memory, sexuality, loss, and growth. Gold Star premiered at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, New York as part of the Summer Fresh Festival.

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SHORT plays

THE APPLE

a closet play by Imani Russell

2020 ---- Meant to be read, not performed, The Apple is a micro play about hiding, mistaken identity, blood, and sweet sweet slices of fruit.

read The Apple by clicking the icon here:

angel in the greenhouse

a short play 

2018 ---- Butter Jones, Sofocles Saez, Tilly Costello, and Forrest Costello, aka The Greenhouse Gang, are called together one summer night after Butter discovers an angel has crash landed in his backyard. The four teenagers must decide how to get the angel back home-- or if that decision is really up to them. 

please use the contact form on the homepage for any script excerpt requests.

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poetry

Loves me | loves me not

My poetry/photography has been included in the second and fourth issues of the Loves Me | Loves Me Not zine. This zine, published annually on Valentine's Day, is an web-based collection of poetry, short stories, photography, and other art created by queer/trans/nonbinary people/women of color, and edited by Jenevieve Ting and Nikita Lamba.

2020 was the first year that physical copies of the zine were sold in Los Angeles, CA.

Click on the photos to read my poems:

"untitled/caldo" (2021)

"you called me a pessimist" (2020) and

"236" (2018)

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Loves Me | Loves Me Not (2018)

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Loves Me | Loves Me Not (2021)

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Loves Me | Loves Me Not (2020)