Geraldine Elizabeth Inoa Presents Scraps, in conversation with Sasha Bonét

August 1st

McNally Jackson Williamsburg
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When Forest Winthrop, an unarmed black teenager, is shot and killed by a white police officer in Brooklyn, his friends, partner, and son struggle to cope in the aftermath of his death. Published here for the first time, SCRAPS is a provocative explosion of theatrical norms, which examines the grief, fury, and hunger for justice that endures long after a tragedy fades from the headlines.

“A passionate new voice screaming to be heard.” —Time Out NY

“Ms. Inoa, a playwright to watch, melds various styles here, moving from the rap opener to a naturalistic first act. The second act…shifts into the unsettling, urgently heightened landscape of [a] nightmare. You can feel the influences here—Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Spike Lee and James Scruggs come to mind—Ms. Inoa nonetheless uses them in service of her own sharp vision.” —NY Times

“…an ambitious, vibrant play… A series of beautifully written scenes involving four people who were close to the young man…powerfully and passionately convey the sadness, anger, tension, and despair of the tragedy.” —the New Yorker


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Geraldine Elizabeth Inoa is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play SCRAPS had its world premiere production at the Flea Theater in New York City as part of its 2018/19 season, marking her professional debut. SCRAPS made its West Coast premiere at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles during summer 2019. In 2022, SCRAPS was published by Dramatists Play Service, and she was awarded a playwriting commission through Center Through Group for the Not A Moment But A Movement initiative.

As a playwright, she is an alumnus of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group and the inaugural recipient of The Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission. She is a L. Arnold Weissberg New Play Award finalist, a P73 Playwriting Fellowship finalist, and a twice-named Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist. Her work has been developed at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Labyrinth Theater Company, and the Victory Gardens Theater. TV credits include AMC’s The Walking Dead & CW’s Charmed.

She holds a B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar.


Sasha Bonét is a writer and critic, living in New York City. Bonét is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book titled, The Waterbearers (Knopf), a sweeping cultural history that centralizes intergenerational stories of Black Womanhood as a lens to explore the evolution of America. She studied at Columbia University’s creative writing MFA program and currently teaches nonfiction writing as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and Barnard College English department.




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