In honor of Black History Month, Playing on Air and Playbill are releasing a short audio play by a Black creative every Monday. In this second release, check out Cell by Cassandra Medley above, starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam), Tony nominee Condola Rashad (Saint Joan), and Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire).
Cell follows a jaded supervisor at an immigrant detention center who finds jobs there for her sister and niece, only to have family tensions erupt into a battle over home and homeland security.
The production is directed by Diverse City Theater Company founder Victor Lirio. Following the performance, host Claudia Catania joins Pulitzer Prize-winning immigration journalist Julia Preston, Broadway producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and playwright Medley (Relativity, Coming Up for Air) to move beyond headlines and explore the real lives that inspired Cell.
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