Mother Earth Day
An aging and injured black farmer and his two sons struggle with whether or not to sell their family’s farm land while awaiting news about the upcoming growing year at an annual community harvest ceremony for Mother Earth.
DAYSHA VERONICA is a playwright, author, digital media producer, and a Television Academy Foundation Internship alum. Her plays have been workshopped/performed at UC San Diego, UCLA, Meet Cute LA, Celebration Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and PlayGround/PlayGround-LA. She has also received recognition/awards for her work from The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Foundation, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Central Florida, and PlayGround-LA. Her digital work has appeared on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. She recently received her MFA from UCLA in Theatre.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I’ve always had a strong interest in writing from a young age. I’d say I was in 5th grade when I really started taking it seriously and from there I explored all types of writing styles –from poetry to short stories. But I actually didn’t write my first play until my senior year of college. It was a full length play that I wrote for a national award from UCSD, and to my surprise, it ended up winning the award and setting me on the path towards considering playwriting for real.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
I am part of a writer’s group that sends out writing prompts and gives us 4 days to create a short play. So, this particular play was inspired by the topic of climate change/sustainability and I was particularly drawn to a New York Times article that detailed the intense struggles that the trade war with China was having on a multi-generational black farming family. It really stuck out to me that they said the trade war with China was worse than the tornadoes, the droughts and the klan.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Female-focused, black-culture centered, honest, raw, layered
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel, Ntoshake Shange, August Wilson.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I wanted to be a crime scene investigator when I was a teenager until I took chemistry. I was also super into genetics and can tell you what DNA stands for (but please don’t ask me to spell it lol).
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Intimate Apparel, For Colored Girls, Fairview, Sweat, The Piano Lesson
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I just did a workshop with PlayGround on a new full-length play I wrote called The Deliverance, which is an adaptation of Mother Earth Day. I also received the 2021 New Play Commission with PlayGround-LA. Outside of playwriting, I have also been working on a digital docu-series around fashion, body image, and self-confidence. You can learn more about it on my self-confidence building lifestyle website, Yes Queen (www.yesqueenlife.com)