The Lattice Crashes

Author: Derek Lee McPhatter

The Lattice Crashes

Description: Unless a computer technician in the distant future can unravel the facts about a modern day hate crime, the incident will be deleted from history, but no one is telling the truth: not the victim, not the assailant, and certainly not their mothers.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 12/22/2015
Content Advisory: There is strong language throughout to mirror the use of profanity and anti-gay derogatory language commonly used by teenagers in recent years (1990’s – early 2000’s). There is one incident of physical violence, which is a focal point of the play and is revisited numerous times as the story unfolds. There is “locker room nudity,” depending on the director’s interpretation of the scene. The lack of guns in the piece is deliberate.
2 Acts, 102 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males, 3 Gender Neutral

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Dark Comedy · Death and the Afterlife · Drama · Fantasy · Gay and Lesbian · Gender and Sexuality · Grief and Mourning · Large Cast Size · Postmodern · Racial Identity/Relationships · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Social Issues · Social Justice · Technology and the Internet · Violence

This play is in the following collections: Plays and Playwrights 2017

Original Production Information

The Lattice Crashes was originally presented as an equity-approved showcase workshop, produced by Seitu Jemel Hart and Under the Spell Productions, Inc. It was hosted by The Tank, New York City, in December 2010.

Juan Javier Cardenas - PATTERSON
Bridgit Antoinette Evans - DEBRA
Anthony Gaskins - AVERY
Renita Martin - CHARLENE
Yvonne de Salle (Same) - KITTY
Jaime Lincoln Smith - SEAN
Renee Williams - MERCEDES

Director: Pat Golden
Stage Manager/ Tech: TC Newman
Props: Renee Williams; Sound: Renita Martin
Photography: Phillip Romano; Graphic Design: Mike Osgood

Production support was provided by the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work (made possible by the Jerome Foundation). Additional support was provided by the Harlem Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Puffin Foundation. The Harlem Arts Alliance Dramatic Writing Workshop and Harlem’s River View Players also provided creative development resources.

In addition, the author would like to thank the following theater professionals, arts organizations, friends, colleagues and others who have supported the evolution of this play: Rhonney Greene, Teresa Michelle Lasley, Miles Parks Grier, Ph.D., Bryan E. Glover, Freedomtain Productions, Davenport Theatricals, INTAR Theater, Horse Trade Theater Group, The Apollo Theater, Bridgette Wimberly, Laurence Holder, Emmitt Thrower, Erica Watson, Kim Shaw, Aaron Joy, Edward Pomerantz, Clinton Lowe, Kelvin Summerhill, Christopher Burris, Kelley Nicole Girod, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Germono Toussaint, Jesse Cameron Alick, Andre Lancaster, Abigail Katz, Shanae Sharon, Tanya Hartwell, Andre Ford, Reginald L. Barnes, Kevin Bradley, Jr., Carrie Kiamesha, Nicole Judd, Keith Josef Adkins, Zach Derek's life-partner, Aymar Jean Christian, Ph.D., and his family of course: Chris, Wes, Dionna, Shelly, Eva, BJ, Linda, Crystal and all the rest! Love Ya!