Other Plays by Nathan Ross Freeman
Freeman, Nathan Ross (African-American playwright, dramaturg, March 17, 1950-____), “Ancestors,”
a 75-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living quarters of any place where the world no longer wants or can go outside, when the future is now,
© 1997 by Nathan Ross Freeman;
• in Nathan Ross Freeman's Ancestors (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A.: The Author, 1997);
• script/rights available from Nathan Ross Freeman, 353 Jonestown Road, #299, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104, U.S.A., telephone (home) 336-995-2119, (work) 336-777-0648, e-mail email@example.com, http://www.nathanrossfreeman.com.
• Cited by Nathan Ross Freeman, via ftp December 17, 1998, August 31, 1999, and May 28, 2007; Freeman says,
(all played by one actress) Shamina LaTanisha Washington (f), a citizen; Lucy (f), __________; Sangoma (f), __________; Queen God Ifa (f), __________; Slave Woman (f), __________; Uncle Tom (m), __________; Enchantress (f), __________; Bluesman (m), __________; Krinishia (f), __________.
“Shamina cries out for a reference point beyond witty chat room talk and disjointed family roots. In her howling of the question, “Why? . . . ,” she conjures voices embodied in a cadre of nine characters, ancestors all who come to explore with her the wonders of self-love, family, roots, struggle, transcendence, the awe of life and an eternity of being lovingly, frighteningly human.
• “Why have the ancestors stopped talking with us? Throughout the poignant, painful and hilarious performance, the Roslyn Fox (in the staging directed by the playwright) transforms into nine ancestors, from the primitive prehistory of the bush, the healing touch of Africa and the frightening touch of Haiti, to the deadening pain of slavery and the painful death of big city pleasures, full circle to the primitive now of urban enclaves. Heritage is the child of tomorrow. I want a porch, a rocking-chair creakin’ lost wisdom. The play is continuous, and scenes can be interpreted as changes in characters: ten. There are no scene changes. There is only one prop, a rocking chair. The actor must be adept in the rudiments of movement and mime, but most of all, this play celebrates the opportunity for character acting at its richest and layered best. The play, though with ethnic characters, heralds a universal theme. There is no reference to the challenges of race. This play is about personae challenged by the logical conclusions of our trek with technology and how we are challenged in the ‘self.’ It is hilarious, and heart wrenching for anyone who frequents a chatroom or conducts online banking , for anyone who misses dirt roads or homemade soup, for anyone who is afraid to walk in the dark, and for anyone who has ever spent time on a porch or played outside from dawn. Ancestors, as well, explores the actor’s craft in a way that stretches the actor’s repertoire and exhilarates an audience.”
• “‘Ancestors’ is still available for premiere and subsidiary rights.
• “Staged readings awarded:
 Old Salem Museum ‘Cross the Creek,’ Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1997.
 1998, NuYoRican Cafe, New York City, U.S.A.;
 1998, Sister’s Space and Books, 1354 U Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A., telephone 202 332-3433;
 1998, Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, P. O. Box 11765, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27116, U.S.A., telephone 336-725-5325, fax 336-721-0991, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Showcased at
 1999, Greensboro Artists League, Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A., and
 1999, Montage Showcase Ensemble, North Carolina, U.S.A..
• “Award Winning Script Writer, Filmmaker, Intensive Spoken Word Educator, Nathan Ross Freeman, an Impact Communications Specialist, is founder of Montage Showcase Ensemble, Assegai Film Group, Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute, Pen & Voice, Mr. Bones Film, LLC. Mr. Freeman was awarded 2007 B.E.S.T. Outstanding Faculty as Member of the Intensive Writing Faculty teaching Screenwriting/Playwriting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Freeman is a member of the NC Humanities Speakers Bureau. Mr. Freeman is the creator of and workshop facilitator for Author Through The Senses: an intensive Creative Educational & Corporate Performance, and Spoken Word Impact Communications, curriculum (http://www.nathanrossfreeman.com). Mr. Freeman is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a graduate of St. Joseph’ University. His feature length screen plays include: Mr. Bones, Hannah Elias, 2005 Second Overall Scoring, San Francisco Black Film Festival , Geist, Nicole and Gem. Independent Feature Film Productions: Mr. Bones, Official Selection 2007 San Francisco Black Film Festival, Writer, Director, Producer. Independent Short Film Productions: Francine, Official Selection 2007 New York Short Film Festival: writer, director, cinematographer, editor; Going Dancing: Co-writer, director, cinematographer, editor; Marianna: writer, director, cinematographer, editor; Campfire: writer, director, cinematographer, editor; Freedom Music Video: director, cinematographer, editor; Trim: director, cinematographer, editor. Stage Play Productions: The Contract, Frank Silvera’s, New York City, Tribeca Theatre, New York City, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. 1998, Virgins, American Theatre Project, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.; Getting Further, the First Annual Genesis Festival at Crossroads Theatre, New Jersey, U.S.A.; 'Sin of Life' at Thalian Hall, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.; 'Grievin’ in de Mornin’, 1991 Best Play of the International Black Writer’s Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.; “Evening Sunrise,” Soho Repertory Company, and Black Theatre Alliance, New York City; Joshua & Hazel and Zero, at Bushfire Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Hannah Elias, North Carolina Premiere, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A. Nathan Ross Freeman is available as a guest lecturer, workshop and seminar facilitator."
• Page mounted March 29, 1999, and updated August 31, November 24, December 10, 1999, December 1, 2008, by the site Webmaster.
Africa, awe, family, Haiti, humanity, inner city, Internet, race, roots, self-love, slavery, struggle, transcendence.