Theater of the First Amendment's 2011 lineup opens with the world premiere of 24, 7, 365 by Washington, D.C., playwright Jennifer L. Nelson.
The play asks the question, what would the world look like if people were happy 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year?
Educated African Americans' attitudes about race, class and social activism are put under a humorous microscope as two Washington couples endure a civilized weekend camping trip for a birthday celebration and much needed rest and recuperation. One night together, complete with a misunderstood hip-hop poet, a very old tree and a large bottle of vodka, complicates and ultimately illuminates their inner and outer lives.
The piece plays DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center (February 10-27), the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas (March 3-5), and George Mason University's Harris Theater (March 10-13).