CASSIUS SARGENT'S CHICKEN BONES

A One-Act Play

WINNER! John Cauble Award for Short Play, Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, 2010. With a fellowship to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights' Conference.

WINNER! Mainstage selection at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, 2010.

WINNER! Holland New Voices Award from the Great Plains Theatre Conference, 2010.

SEMIFINALIST. Playwrights' Week at the Lark, 2010.

11 PM, Houston. Cassius Sargent, a homeless man, wants to return home. When a young man approaches him, offering him more than just food, his life is forever changed. His dream will come true only if he accepts the deal--beating up another homeless man. 

2M, Black/African-American. 

ONE-ACT - DRAMA - 25 mins.

Production history

(Workshop) Virignia Commonwealth University, VA, 2017. Directed by Tyree Albert. Mekhai Lee as Cassius Sargent and Hassiem Muhammad as YM

(Workshop) University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2013. 

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

ReadinG - Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., part of the American College Theater Festival, 2010.

ReadinG, Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival, Dixie College, Utah, 2010.

Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, Mainstage selectioN, 2010.

ReadinG, Movement Theater Company, part of the Elevator Reading Series, NYC, 2009.

An effective and affecting play with high stakes and deep warmth. CASSIUS SARGENT is deserving of its many awards and acknowledgments. What will a person sacrifice for love and the promise of home? How much pressure does it take for a man to abandon his beliefs and his community for his own gain? A beautiful, sometimes uncomfortable reminder that every person you pass on the street has a story worth telling. This play is destined for even more great things.
— Jordan Elizabeth Henry
The long and significant development history of this play is no accident. Wyndham has created an extraordinary interchange between two lost souls both grasping at straws. The negotiation, and resignation at play in this heartwrenching story underscores the depths to which we will continue to sink... as long as we ignore the income gap, unemployment, and our culture’s shameless addiction to violence.
— Greg Burdick