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Troubled Waters

Updated: May 3, 2021

by: Minnie A. Collins

As part of Transformations : the African American Writers' Alliance Play Festival

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When they finally find a tiny fixer-upper that they can afford with their two salaries, a husband and wife think they can manage all of the curveballs life throws at them. What happens, though, when one is laid off?

Playwright: Minnie A. Collins

Award-winning English professor Emerita, is the author of The Purple Wash, Palm Power: Hearts in Harmony, and Seattle's Historical Liberty Bank Building Apartments' Commemoration Plaques. She is published also in Raven Chronicles, Emerald Reflections, Fly to the Assemblies! Seattle and the Rise of the Resistance, Voices That Matter, Threads, WASCC Humanities Association's Crosscurrents, Avocet, Southeast Emerald online, and is listed Seattle's 4Culture Touring Arts Roster (TAR). Her books can be found at the Seattle Public Library, Third Place Books, and her poems are online. The African American Writers' Alliance has a webpage or you can contact her via email:

Director: Lydia K. Valentine

A playwright & poet, director & dramaturg, editor & educator who seeks to amplify the voices of those often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States. While this is her first collaboration with The Mahogany Project, she has ongoing partnerships with Empathos Company, Pork Filled Productions, and Toy Boat Theatre. Lydia thoroughly enjoyed working with the playwrights and Merri Ann Osborne as dramaturg for Transformations and director for Changing Oil and Troubled Waters.

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Cole: Michael Hurd

An actor, stand-up comic, and a playwright from the Bay Area who got his start in productions at Cabot College in his hometown of Hayward. Since transferring to Cornish College of the Arts to pursue an Original Works major, he has performed in A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes and will return as Duncan in Macbeth in the fall.

Anita: Hazel Rose Gibson

An actor, model, and stage manager who has been working in Seattle for the past 4 years. Originally from Colorado, she moved to the PNW in the fall of 2015 to continue her career after starting it in Iowa upon graduation. As of this year, she has started as a Program Associate with Mirror Stage and gained representation through Big Fish North West Talent. Previos Seattle credits include Faeriestruk (Annex Theatre), American Junkie (Book-It Rep), The Good Woman of Setzuan (ACTLab), A New Hope in the Park (Hello Earth Productions), and A Civil War Christmas (Taproot Theatre).

Instagram: @notorious_hrg

TJ: Tre Scott

Tre Scott is beyond grateful to be contributing to The Mahogany Project. Tre, a proud Oakland, CA transplant, is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, as well as Cornish College of the Arts. He was last seen in a full quarantine production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame put on by the Young Hot Thespian theater collective. He is wishing peace to all those thinking of survival and sending them love.

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