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Khari Wyatt


In a California plasma collection center questions about what defines family and how much can friends and strangers with broken lives end up being there for each other to mend those lives, cobble together hope and find ways to really listen?  The meaning of family is on trial after a business deal gone wrong threatens the solvency of a multi-cultural, multi-generational band of donors as they wrestle with haunting pasts, the hard-scrabble present and uncertain futures. Some Type of Ecstasy asks us to consider what are the circumstances and systemic issues that drive people to literally sell what flows through their veins in order to survive and can love, friendship and trust emerge and find new life?

Khari Wyatt

Khari Wyatt is the descendant of runaway slaves and inner-city America with its adversities, tragedies

and triumphs; the son of high school sweethearts: a mother who is an artist and a father who courageously

moved his young family from the rust-belt to our Nation's Capital to find a better life; the grandson of

men who wore blue collars in auto plants and on railroad trains; the grandson of women who taught

Sunday school and waitressed in greasy spoons. He is a writer.

He was recently a finalist for the New Dramatists Resident Company and a semifinalist for The Geffen

Writers' Room. His play, The One, is being developed in The Road Theatre Company's Under

Construction Playwrights Group. His play, Speakeasy, was chosen for Moving Arts Season’s Readings

play readings series and Antaeus Theatre Company’s Lab Results Reading Series. He was selected to

write and develop his play, Starchild, in the Circle X Theatre Company Evolving Playwrights Group. He

was one of eleven writers of #While We Breathe: A Night of Creative Protest, a streaming theatrical

event produced by Brian Moreland and Arvind Ethan David. His audio plays, “Zip Code 90011 South

Central Los Angeles: Speakeasy” and “Zip Code 91331 Pacoima: Gold & Shine” were commissioned

and produced by Antaeus Theatre Company for its Zip Code Plays podcast. Moving Arts, Antaeus

Theatre Company, Chalk Repertory Theatre as well as the DC Black Theatre Festival have hosted his

plays for readings and workshops. His play “Some Type of Ecstasy” was a semifinalist for the Ashland

New Play Festival and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. His ten-

minute play, “Ingredients,” was produced as part of the Moving Arts- Los Angeles County Museum of

Art’s Night at the Museum.

His other writing work has placed in various competitions including, Disney/ABC Writers Program, Sony

Pictures Entertainment Diversity Writers Program, AMC One-Hour Drama competition and Austin Film

Festival Screenplay Competition among others. Some of the fellowships and grants he has received came

from the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program and the Panavision New Filmmaker

Equipment Grant.

Wyatt is an alumnus of Howard University and earned an MFA in Film from Columbia University in the

City of New York. He is member of Moving Arts, the Playwrights Union, and is a twice selected

MacDowell fellow for playwriting.

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