Writer: Roger Q Mason

Roger Q. Mason is a writer whose work gives voice to the silenced. A recurring theme in his writing is the intersection of race, history, and memory. Mason’s plays include Orange Woman: A Ballad for a Moor; Onion Creek; and The Duat. Mason's works have been seen at such venues as McCarter Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA; Son of Semele Theatre; Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens; and Chicago Dramatists. He is an Activate: Midwest New Play Festival finalist, New York Theatre Innovator’s Award nominee, and the winner of the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer's Award. Mason holds an BA in English and Theatre from Princeton University, an MA in English from Middlebury College, and an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Mason has received commissions from Steep Theatre and Chimera Ensemble in Chicago, as well as the Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival. For more on Roger Q. Mason, visit www.rogerqmason.com

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE DIRECTOR - A Conversation with Lovell Holder

At the core of any successful production is an open, inspired, and constructive relationship between writer and director. To my mind, this bond is the sacred foundation upon which a play's life is built. As a playwright, I learn so much from my directors. While working on a script, we engage in hearty discourse about everything from design elements … Continue reading FIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE DIRECTOR - A Conversation with Lovell Holder


Every month or so, playwright Boni B. Alvarez and I have a kiki (Queer dictionary moment: kiki = chit-chat, coffee, shoot the…you understand).  We meet up to talk shop, dream, scheme, and generally relish each other's company.  Fresh off the opening of Boni's new play Nicky, you know I was eager for this month's talk.  … Continue reading MY KIKI WITH BONI B. ALVAREZ