Hi! I’m Afrika Brown, the playwright and director for THE FIGHT and the poet behind Flame.
THE FIGHT is my latest full-length play and Flame is my latest collection of poetry. How do these two works of art connect you ask?
Well, let me tell you.
Set on the day of the Ali vs. Frazier I fight in 1971, three families gather in the Vailsburg section of Newark, N.J. to hear the fight bringing with them their histories, resentments, and opinions of the fighters and each other. Through the relationships between these three families, THE FIGHT weaves a tapestry that is a microcosm of America in 1971 but is equally as relevant in this millennium. It’s an explosive exploration of race, class, grief, gender roles, and the Black experience.
As a relatively unknown artist, there aren’t many producers willing to take a chance on me, so I was led to bet on myself. That bet is “Flame.”
Flame tells the story of a soul mate/twin flame relationship gone wrong and the reflections one makes while trying to travel to the other side of heartbreak. Flame wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for THE FIGHT – its art fueling and funding art.
It’s important for Black artists to have a voice and proprietorship on how our culture is shaped and brought to the masses. I’m seeking to raise $10K to begin the process of bringing THE FIGHT to the stage. The funds will be used for actors, rehearsals, etc. to prepare THE FIGHT for an off-Broadway run in 2022.
How can you support?
It’s my hope that conversations sparked from “THE FIGHT” can open the doorway to real fundamental change of hearts and minds.
Will you help me bring this pivotal production to the stage? It’s my prayer that you will agree by donating to THE FIGHT/Flame Project.