A New Play in Development
Award-winning screenwriter and author Toni Ann Johnson will perform her new play, The Way We Fell Out of Touch, based on the true story of the unique and surprising relationship between Johnson’s African-American mother and their family’s white maid during the 1970s in upstate New York. The play is an adaptation of two of Johnson’s award-winning short stories (Lodestone Fiction Award ~ 2017) and she will be performing both characters.
The play reading is developed in collaboration with Director Robin McKee. This is a special opportunity to enjoy the birthing of a new play. Please come and enjoy and give us feedback in an informal after performance discussion. Due to COVID and limited space, we request everyone wear a mask during the performance.
One night only: Saturday August 6th at 7:00PM. The performance is free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to (831) 236-7825 to be put on the guest list.
About the Playwright and Actor:
This is Johnson and McKee’s second collaboration. Ms. McKee directed and served as dramaturg on Johnson’s play Gramercy Park is Closed to the Public, which went on to receive productions in Los Angeles by the Fountainhead Theatre Company and in New York, by The New York Stage and Film Company. The play also earned Johnson a fellowship to the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
Johnson won the 2021 Flannery O’Connor Awarad for short fiction with her linked story collection Light Skin Gone to Waste, which was selected for the prize and edited by Roxane Gay. The book is available for pre-order and is forthcoming in October of 2022 from UGA Press.