Black Magic

Writer & Assistant Director

Black Magic is a play written by five then-Harvard students (Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, Jenny Gathright, Darius Johnson, mace johnson, and Ian Askew) which premiered on the American Repertory Theater's Loeb Mainstage April 1-9, 2016. The play, conceived and directed by Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, tells the story of a group of black college students as they navigate their race, gender, and sexuality within a predominantly white institution as well as a troubled and troubling black community. The production's opening night sold out the 500+ seat theater, one of few student production to ever do so. It also earned recognition from author Junot Diaz and then-Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.

full production credits

full recording (YouTube)

sample press:

"Politicizing the Mainstage" (Harvard Crimson)

"BlackCAST Brings Magic to Mainstage" (Harvard Crimson)

"Magic is Real" (The Harvard Independent)

"How Harvard Became Witness To Black Magic" (The Odyssey)

photos by Carol Powell

poster by Lydia Burns, Jenny Gathright, and Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence