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A Look Back at 'Don't Call it a Riot!'

Written and Directed by Amontaine Aurore

As Quarantine rages on, it has given me the opportunity to get my nostalgia on, and look back at some of the highlights of my play, Don't Call it a Riot! I have decided to post some of my favorite scenes here. Take a trip down memory lane with me (in more ways than one). Here are a few scenes from Don't Call it a Riot!, perforrmed at 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle, 2019. Video sequences edited by Ben Laurence and Trial & Error Productions. Featuring Meysha Harville as Reed, Lillian Afful-Straton as Marti, Skylar Wilkerson as Falala, Mic Montgomery as Sam, and Robert Lovett as Paris.

It's 1968 and Reed, a member of Seattle's Black Panther Party, must juggle the demands of a new marriage and a baby on the way, yet still find time to fight for liberation and dream of creating a better world. When her best friend Marti moves in, there is yet one more thing on her plate. Reed is unaware of the forces that will eventually destroy the Party, as well as the ones that threaten her happy home. It will take 31 years before she discovers the betrayal that was at the root of a dream deferred.

REED'S SPEECH

MIDNIGHT PHONE CALL

SAM'S SPEECH

MARTI SHOPLIFTS

SURPRISE PANCAKES

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Recent Press for Amontaine Aurore

The Seattle Times Feature Article, June 19, 2019Samira Jimaale, 18, a senior at Franklin High School, paints a mural featuring Billie Holiday and James Baldwin. Students in the school’s Art of Resistance & Resilience club are helping to create set design elements for the upcoming play “Don’t Call it a Riot!” by Seattle playwright Amontaine Aurore. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

THE SEATTLE TIMES, BRENDAN KILEY, FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HELP CREATE SET DESIGNS FOR NEW PLAY

HONORING THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY AND GENERATIONS OF ACTIVISM IN SEATTLE

DON'T CALL IT A RIOT OFFERS A GLIMPSE INTO THE COMPLEX REALITIES OF REVOLUTION

 

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