Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role Maggie Low, Chickens in the Yard
2018 NYIT Award Nominee
Outstanding Original Full-Length Script Stephen Kaliski, The Briefly Dead
A "Get out the Vote" Play Reading
In conjunction with the 2018 midterms, AR founding member Stephen Kaliski directed a one-night-only reading of Barrie Keeffe's landmark 1979 political drama Sus at Davidson College in North Carolina. Both a powerful condemnation of institutional racism and a desperate urge to citizens to recognize the policy consequences of their votes, Sus follows a nightmarish incident resulting from British “sus” laws, or stop-and-search policies that allowed law enforcement officers to make arrests on the grounds of pure suspicion. Set on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, the play follows the harrowing interrogation of a black man wrongfully arrested for murder. As the interrogation proceeds, the two white officers watch the polling results come in, betting that a Thatcher victory will fend off pressure from the left to eliminate “sus” laws.