Introducing Cathy Donohue:
Cathy Donohue is a playwright, artist, and actress living in the DMV area. Even though Cathy received her BS in Education and MSW in Social Work from NC State University, writing was always her passion. This is her first time participating in the DC Black Theater & Arts Festival and welcomes the opportunity to showcase her play. She currently has several plays that she is working, in hopes to premiere them in the near future. Cathy is proud to debut her first play, Malcolm & Martin: A Conversation Between Friends at the DC Black Theater & Arts Festival 2019.
The play Malcolm & Martin allows the audience to be present at a fictional conversation between two icons in civil rights history. The play poses the question, are these two men closer in their philosophy concerning civil rights then the outside world believed? What if these two icons were even friends? What would they talk about? Their fictional conversation takes place in the middle of the night in the past, but is relevant to todays time, told in a historical perceptive. The characters are speaking in the past, but their words also reflect the current feelings and circumstances of African Americans in present day. This play will challenge the audience to examine what they believe they know about these two men, how the history of slavery in America effects African Americans living today, and where do we as Americans go from here.