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The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by TS Hawkins

The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G
by TS Hawkins

The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, by TS Hawkins, journeys through the lives of seven children being escorted into "womanhood". Using poetic dialogue and embracing multiple levels of play, they teach each other ways to interact with the world at large. Poised as a proem to Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G highlights the embryonic spark of when all-girls gather; soothing each other's aches, sorting through puzzles and sharing in triumphs with a chosen collective.

*First appearance courtesy of Mz. Fest, a premier festival hosted by Plays & Players, bringing multiple local theatre companies together for a week to explore, question, and celebrate female stories. This year, Mz. Fest 2015 attempts to answer “Who are women in today’s world? In yesterday’s world? And in tomorrow’s world?” Cast/Crew: TS Hawkins (playwright), Amber Emory (director). Featuring: Nastassja Baset, Marisol Custodio, Jackie DiFerdinando, Kimie Muroya, Kaitlyn Pribulsky, Zoe Richards, Rebekah Sharp, and a special guest appearance by Steve Wright.

*Second appearance courtesy of 2016 (re)FOCUS FEST, a premier festival of four collaborators; Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre, [redacted] theater company, and emerging playwright TS Hawkins who wanted to showcase work that explores the power of “privilege”. Cast/Crew: TS Hawkins (playwright), Cheyenne Barboza (director), Katrina Shobe (assistant director). Featuring: Leah Holleran, Maria Beltre, Kaitlin Pribulsky, April Rose Davis, Bianca A. Davies, Nastassja Baset, Katrina Shobe, and a special guest appearance by Donnell  Powell.

*Antipodes Theatre Company (ATC) continues their bimonthly Ricochet Free Reading Series in an online format, featuring plays that have yet to be seen on Australian stages. The first plays in this lineup include The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by U.S. playwright TS Hawkins. On International Women’s Day, ATC presents this lyrical homage to Ntozake Shange's for colored girls… which follows seven young girls on their journey into womanhood. This presentation is directed by Cheyenne Barboza and sponsored in part by AngelPirate Productions. Cast: Scout Hook, Andrea Mendez, Asha Khamis, Mackenzie Dunn, Milo Hartill-Batsietswe, Zenya Carmellotti, Julie Leung, and a special appearance by Augie Tchantcho.

*Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon: Envisioning what might have come before Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls...Hawkins’ new play The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G is engaging and honest, lyrical, grim and real; but more than that, it is a must-see!

*Alonzo Delaine: My daughter and I enjoyed it immensely plus had great conversations....thanks for creating such great work...We are indeed Temple Made!!!!

*Frank Lewis: I truly enjoyed SLW! Awesome, raw emotion released on stage…instantly pulled in by the artistry of the words. It was bold, it had sass, it tugged at my emotions as if it spewed many thoughts one might wonder. I love Hawkins' work and how it's evolving... Kudos to the actors who brought your efforts to fruition. Anyone who has an opportunity to experience this great piece of work should do so!

*Tara Lessard: Such a beautiful play! "The Secret Life of a Wonder: a Prologue in G" made me laugh, cry, sweat, ponder, dream & smile…Hawkins is the best!

*Sandra Toney: Well written and Hawkins’ vision is true to life of what embodies the evolution of girlhood into womanhood!

*Brandy Bones: Powerful performances, beautiful language, and captivating choreography! Thank you for inviting the public to check out this work!

*Alex Davis: Thought-provoking and interesting. A very unique piece that should be largely produced!!

*Cheryl Williams: It’s like watching Shakespeare! Brilliant linguistic energy and emotional connection via brainpower! Awesome production!

*Francesca Waters: This play is beautiful. So wonderfully read by all the performers and directed so well for this kind of platform. I love the language and how the humour and innocence of the children developed through the play. Congratulations to you all. I have learned a lot watching this!

*Melissa David: Great job everyone!

*Kathryn Stewart: My daughter watched and loved MacKenzie!!!

*Brooke Murray: This was so gorgeous! Thank you all!

*Claire Warrillow: Congratulations - thank you so much!


Ruby's monologue, Adornment by TS Hawkins, is featured in Closet Cases/Queers on What We Wear [Et Alia Press]


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