A Knee That Can Bend

A Knee That Can Bend

4 W / 90 minutes

American sociology student Kate stumbles into an underground circle of queers in Sénégal, transforming her semester abroad. What she learns from Aicha, Néné, and their friends could get her into grad school. That is, if she can convince them to consent to being studied.

Named one of the season's "most thought-provoking and emotionally gripping works" by Philadelphia Magazine, A Knee That Can Bend takes on the ethical sand-traps of Americans telling African stories, falling in love far from home, and searching for people like you in a country that doesn’t believe you exist.


Productions & Development

Orbiter 3 (Philly)
dir. kittson o'neill, 2015

InterAct Theatre Company (Philly)
workshop & staged reading
dir. kate galvin, 2014

New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse
development & reading
dir. erin ortman, 2012


Honors & Awards

2017 Lanford Wilson Award Nominee

2016 Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical Finalist

2016 Virginia Brown Martin Award Finalist

2016 ATCA/Steinberg Award Nominee

2016 L. Arnold Weissberger Award Nominee

2015 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights conference Semi-Finalist

2013 Playwrights' Center Core Apprenticeship

2012 New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theater Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellowship

2012 Horizon Theater New South Young Playwrights Contest Winner