Productions & Digital Readings

Spice of Life

Written by Brandon Rashad Butts
Directed by Divinia Shorter
December 20, 2020

A cook struggles to find their place in the culinary world. When an opportunity to run the crew on a voyage for new ingredients from an undiscovered land arrives, they realize that there’s more to cooking than meets the eye. Spice of Life grapples with racial disparity, personal insecurity, and the importance of where you come from as the cook turns to a family heirloom for guidance.

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Meet the Playwright

Brandon Rashad Butts

Brandon Rashad Butts is a writer, director and producer based in the DMV area. He’s most recently participated as a writer in the DMV Q Fests (2.0 & 3.0), Jingle in July (Adventure MTC), and The Variations Project (Rapid Lemon Productions). His full-length plays Personal Protection and Reclamation have received readings at Baltimore Center Stage. His short plays Between Us and Profiled have been produced at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and Blue Pearl Productions. He is co-creator of Vigilant, which received a workshop at Flying V Theatre. He’s contributed to an editorial piece with Huffington Post Black Voices, “Black Hair Defined”. Brandon has served as a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, a Stage Choreographer and Director’s Society Observer and Producing Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage. He is based in the DMV area.

Meet the Director

Divinia Shorter

Divinia Shorter is a writer, director, and freelance dramaturg born and based in the DMV. Divinia currently works as the Literary & Artistic Associate at Adventure Theatre MTC and is the co-founder of Greatest City Collective, a non-profit organization focused on uplifting artists and the social causes they care about. A writer of many forms, she is currently working on a collection of sestinas, a novel, and a full-length play. Dramaturgy credits include: Kennedy Center NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, DMV Q-Fests, Quarantined Theatre Company, and Towson University. Her dramaturgical analysis article “Run Me My Language” is available online.

Meet the Cast

Angeleaza Anderson as the cook

Dylan Fleming as the chef

Megan Livingston as mustard

Shayla Lowe as cinnamon

Tamieka Chavis as sugar

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