Queens of Sheba
Presented by OKC Rep in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary
January 25 | 7 p.m.
January 26 | 8 p.m.
January 27 | 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Te Ata Theater
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Turned away from a nightclub for being “too Black,” four women take to the stage with their own explosive true stories: the music and the misogyny, the dancing and the drinking, the women and, of course, the (white) men.
Loosely based on the DSTRKT nightspot incident of 2015, Queens of Sheba tells the hilarious, moving and uplifting stories of four passionate Black women battling every misogynoir, where sexism meets racism.
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About the creators
Jessica L. Hagan is a Ghanaian-British writer who heavily explores themes of identity, displacement and misogynoir in her work. Her debut play Queens of Sheba, co-written with Ryan Calais Cameron, won the Untapped Award 2018. The play went to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018 where it had a successful sold-out four week run and won The Stage Award 2018. Jessica is a spoken word artist and spender her time in both London and Ghana. In Ghana, she works with emerging playwrights through workshopping and is a grant maker for creative organizations across the continent.
Ryan Calais Cameron is a writer, actor and theater maker. As the co-founder of contemporary theatre group Nouveau Riche, Ryan has written Queens of Sheba (co-written with Jessica L. Hagan) and Typical (starring Richard Blackwood) — both sell-out hits at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Ryan was the winner of Best Director (For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy) at the Black British Awards 2022. Currently, Ryan is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and has a number of projects in development with theatre and television companies.