SOME TYPE OF ECSTASY
by Khari Wyatt
Plasmatics is an inner-city blood plasma donation center that hosts a diverse, multi-generational band of donors who exchange plasma for money. The center is the life’s work of Darla, a self-made businesswoman who has long treated the donors at her facility like a family, but after a business deal gone wrong, the means of survival are threatened for donors and staff alike. The intelligent, but domineering Sandridge, wise and kind Mr. Bobby, earthy Lindy, conservative Kinnon, observant Ros, and more, are left to define family, expose the boundaries of capitalism, trust, and racial inequity as they wrestle with haunting pasts, the hard-scrabble present, and uncertain futures.
- Cast Size: 4M 4W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
Khari Wyatt is the descendant of runaway slaves and inner-city America with its adversities, tragedies and triumphs; the son of high school sweethearts: a mother who is an artist and a father who courageously moved his young family from the rust-belt to our Nation’s Capital to find a better life; the grandson of men who wore blue collars in auto plants and on railroad trains; the grandson of women who taught Sunday school and waitressed in greasyspoons. He is a writer.His play, Some Type of Ecstasy, will have readings at the Morgan-Wixson Theater New Play Festival in fall 2023. Recently, he was a finalist for New Dramatists Resident Company and his pitch, Brother Wonderful’s Paradise, was a semifinalist for the Geffen Playhouse Writers’ Room.
His play, The One, was selected for development in The Road Theatre Company’s Under Construction 4 Playwrights Group and will have its public reading in February 2024. His play, Speakeasy, was chosen for Moving Arts Season’s Readings new play reading series and Antaeus Theatre Company’s Lab Results Reading Series. He was selected to write and develop his play, Starchild, in the Circle X Theatre Company Evolving Playwrights Group. He was one of eleven writers of #While We Breathe: A Night of Creative Protest, a streaming theatrical event produced by Brian Moreland and Arvind Ethan David. His audio plays, “Zip Code 90011 South Central Los Angeles: Speakeasy” and “Zip Code 91331 Pacoima: Gold & Shine” were commissioned and produced by Antaeus Theatre Company for its Zip Code Plays series. Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, Chalk Repertory Theatre as well as the DC Black Theatre Festival have hosted his plays for readings and workshops. Some Type of Ecstasy was a semifinalist for the Ashland New Play Festival and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. His ten-minute play, “Ingredients,” was produced as part of the Moving Arts- Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Night at the Museum.
His other writing work has placed in various competitions including, Disney/ABC Writers Program, Sony Pictures Entertainment Diversity Writers Program, AMC One-Hour Drama competition and Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition among others. Some of the fellowships and grants he has received came from MacDowell, the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program and the Panavision New Filmmaker Equipment Grant.
Wyatt is an alumnus of Howard University and earned an MFA in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is member of Moving Arts and the Playwrights Union.