Michael's Daughter

Michael's Daughter

Author: Ciera Payton

Description: Ciera's paper-trail relationship with her incarcerated father.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 3/9/2014
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Sexual movement, sexual themes, violent/drug abuse themes
Keywords: Biographies · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Documentary · Drama · Dysfunctional Families · Families · Hip Hop · Mostly Female Characters · Religion and Spirituality · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Small Cast Size · Social Issues · Solo Play · True Stories
This play is in the following collections: United Solo 2013
1 Act, 70 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
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NOTE: Michael's Daughter is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to info@cierapayton.com.

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Casting/Production Comments:

The role Michael can be played by the solo performer or cast as a man or a woman playing a man. His stutter isn't a stammer. It's more like someone to who talks too fast and is having a hard time keeping up with his thoughts.

Kathy's accent is the New Orleans Y'at Accent. It almost sounds Brooklyn but the vowels are very elongated. She uses an array of inflections in her speech. Don't shy away from your low register or your head voice when portraying her.

Linda is described as a Southern Belle but with a very light southern accent.

Ciera embraced both her masculine and femine sides while playing herself. One moment she's sophisticated and the next she's rapping like Jay Z. Keep these dynamics in mind.

From the Author:

Michael’s Daughter is based on Ciera’s paper-trail relationship with her incarcerated father. He is currently serving a seven year prison sentence in Cottonport, Louisiana due to non-violent drug related offenses.

“Why are you doing a one-woman show?!?” “Is this a vanity piece?!?!” “Ugh a one-woman show?!?!” Over and over again, I’ve heard the criticisms and they stung each time, leading me to want to scratch the whole idea! But I’m not and I won’t. Yes, I play multiple characters but my wishes to share this story goes beyond myself, it’s my family.

I always thought it was normal living in an over crowded home where the sounds of gun shots littered the night air. It was funny! I thought it was normal to find crack pipes and see heroine tracks on my Aunt’s arm. Until, one day, in high school a girl asked, “So is your dad a doctor or a lawyer?” I was so confused, “What? No, he works in the French Quarter.”

People never knew and I never thought anything of it, of course until I got older. As a person taking the leap to pursue my dreams of being an actress, I couln't dare deny how my upbringing has shaped me as a woman. What does it all mean? Why do I react to things in such a manner? Who am I? Digging up the past, I found all these gems of who and what my family is and essentially who am I and what makes me tick. I wanted understanding. I wanted healing. But more importantly I wanted to be heard. And so began my journey to self discovery.

One in 43 American children currently has an incarcerated parent. The cycle continues to rise, due to the fact that 75% of those children are expected to end up in prison as well. Michael’s Daughter, the play, is the beginning steps of creating a foundation that will be the voice for these children allowing them to break the cycle and promote positive growth and empowerment for children of incarcerated parents.

Original Production Information

Michael's Daughter was first produced and presented at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Hollywood Theater Complex, Los Angeles, CA with the following cast and crew:

Ciera Payton: Writer,Producer, Performer
Phylicia Wissa - Female Voice Overs
Scott Gerard - Male Voice Overs
Bernard St. Amat - Male Voice Overs

Faythallegra Claude: Director
Caitlin Rucker: Stage Manager
Mary Hill: Publicity
Anika Bobb: Front of the House Concession
Phylicia Wissa: Front of the House Concession
Belieko Wissa: Stand Hand
Torriel Simon: Front of the House Concession
Michele Shay: Acting Coach

Building and Space Prodived by Matt Chait of the Hollywood Theater Complex.