Tough Brown Leather

solo performance · crabby bone productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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A sexual hero’s journey. Sara is the spunky, eight-year-old star running back of her street football team. But off the field, she can’t outrun the attack of a sexual predator. As Sara transitions into womanhood, the effects of the childhood attack stay with her. She takes a few hits, but never stays down for long. Tough Brown Leather is a testament to the human capacity to survive, heal and embrace one’s sexual power.

Tough Brown Leather was developed with the support of Caldera Arts and the Ford Foundation.

TONYA JONES is a Los Angeles-based writer and performing artist who is interested in using art as a common language to facilitate dialogue, bridge cultures and communities, and inspire civic engagement. Originally from Newark, NJ, she holds a BA from Howard University and a MFA from Columbia University.

At Columbia, Tonya was awarded the Schubert Presidential Fellowship and starred in the world premiere of James Baldwin’s Another Country, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. She has appeared in several independent films, commercials and stage productions, both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Some of her credits include Richard III, As You Like It, Intimate Apparel, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Low Level Panic. Additionally, Tonya has written for the stage, magazines, and comedy sites.

Tonya has also held teaching positions with Manhattan Theatre Lab, Classic Stage Company, Columbia University’s Summer Institute, and a number of NYC and Los Angeles public schools.

MICHAEL PHILLIP EDWARDS is an award-winning writer, director and actor for stage and screen, recently nominated for a 2016 Stage Raw Award for Best Playwright for his play Sister. Other notable works for the stage include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Scotsman Award Winner “Runt” (first Black writer-performer in history of the festival to receive that award).

Michael has directed tours for New York Off-Broadway, London, Adelaide, Australia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Canada and Jamaica. For the screen, Michael has directed seven feature films, most recently Haunted Jamaica, a feature documentary for Netflix and On Demand, as well as the narrative feature film Murder 101, now in wide release and VOD.

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