By Grace, Pt. 2


Agyeiwaa Asante



A short play about two friends in an abortion clinic.




Agyeiwaa Asante is an Ghanaian- American theatre artist based in Maryland. Her plays include, SWIRL (Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival 2017, Watermelon One- Act Festival- Best Production 2019), HELP WANTED (Silver Spring One Act Festival, Elemental Women Productions) and DAINTY (BOLD NYC’s 2020 Festival). Her short play, WILDEST DREAMS, will premiere at the 13th Annual Fire This Time Festival. Most recently she was commissioned for UMD’s NextNow Festival and Single Carrot Theatre and is the 2020 recipient of The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation’s Ollie Award for emerging playwrights. Agyeiwaa is the current Casting Director at Round House Theatre and a member of D.C. Dramatists. B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland.



1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?


I didn’t start writing plays until college. Before then, I didn’t know people were still writing plays.


2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?


My plays are usually a manifestation of personal questions I’m afraid to ask out loud, so I let my characters say them.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?


Human laughs with the Pain.


4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


The internet and every play I read. I’m always learning something new. Especially the work of my peers.


5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?


Oh gosh, I don’t find myself remotely that mysterious.


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


School Girls by Jocelyn Bioh, The Nether by Jennifer Haley, Tambo & Bones by Dave Harris


7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?