Farah Lawal Harris (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Nigerian playwright, actress, poet, and the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater in Washington, DC. She deeply believes in the power of black women and their stories and aims to make people feel less alone through her art, which is her activism.
Farah co-founded Washington, DC-based theatre companies, The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre, and is a three-time individual artist grant recipient from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As a visionary leader at Young Playwrights’ Theater, she created the acclaimed annual Silence is Violence social justice performance series and shifted the organization in a new direction by producing high-quality, multi-performance runs of full-length plays written by DC-area young people.
As a playwright, Farah describes her work as “black girl magical realism.” Her plays are deeply personal, raw, poetic, funny and hip-hop-infused with a focus on social justice.
Farah's work has been performed in the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, the Capital Fringe Festival, Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, Convergence Theatre's Activist Arts Festival, the DC Black Theatre Festival, the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, and multiple universities along the East Coast. She is currently developing three full-length plays and also writes poetry.
As an actress, Farah has performed with various theatre companies including dog & pony dc, The Source Festival, 500 Clown, Young Playwrights' Theater, and the American Century Theater. I have also performed on-screen for the Investigation Discovery Channel, the Netflix series, House of Cards, a cable television commercial, voiceover projects, and independent films.
In July 2019, FRESHH Inc. will be producing a limited run of Farah's play, Black Girl, Black Pearl at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC.
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8 pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 8 pm
Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 8 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 8 pm
In this poetic, heart-wrenching, empowering drama, drawing on ancient Greek drama traditions, 25-year-old Danah was raped on her birthday. Seeking freedom and healing, she engages in a pattern of public nudity as The 'Round-the-Way Girls, a “Greek Chorus” of narrators and revolving supporting characters lead us through Danah’s journey to empowerment.