Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea was first produced at the Source Festival in Washington DC in June, 2014 under the direction of Mark Hairston and subsequently received an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in 2015 with productions in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Washington, DC, and Eugene, OR. Script and licensing are available through Samuel French.
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.
CRITIC'S CHOICE. "A mesmerizing blend of magical realism and poetic social comment..." - Los Angeles Times
"Nathan Alan Davis’s script is sunny and lovable, despite its inexorable pull from present-day Baltimore toward the slave trade’s notorious Middle Passage." - Washington Post
"If you go to no other show this year, get yourself to the Skylight Theatre to see Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea: it’s productions such as this that make live theatre an art form to celebrate." - Los Angeles Post
"Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea breaks over us like wave upon wave of human love and hope, submerges us in honesty, buoys us by its bold vision and heartfelt voice. This gorgeous Theater Alliance production of this beautiful new play is an absolute must." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"[T]his play’s greatness doesn’t really come from the plot, though the plot’s water-tightness and inevitability show playwright Nathan Alan Davis’ incredible skill. The characters and poetically transfixing language are the real stars." - DC Theatre Scene
This play illuminates a corner of the human condition and will change the way we understand a hero in the context of his family." - Eugene Weekly
Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, 2015