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Meet our 2019 POCS Finalists


Playwright Bio


RHONDA KHAN is a Chicago born, New York-based performer, coach, speaker, and entrepreneur. Rhonda has performed FOOD at the United Solo Theatre Festival (New York), EAT New Works Festival (New York), and Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. A graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, Rhonda's worked with Northlight, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, and ETA. Rhonda is a speech pathologist and founder of Simply Speech Solutions, a coaching firm that empowers people to be confident, authentic speakers.


play description: 'FOOD' Friday June 14th, 2019 at 7 pm 

directed by Taylor Reynolds

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts-McDonald Theatre

Is a rhythmic tale of one woman’s addiction to food and her journey to peace and self-love. Using hip hop lyrics, storytelling, and multi-charater monologue, Rhonda takes audiences through her most delightful and painful experiences with food, her body, and the road to healing.

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Rhonda Khan

Playwright Bio


LIZ MORGAN is best known for her work “Why I was Late Today…” (Huffington Post). She has developed projects with The Lark, The Fire This Time Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rising Circle, and National Black Theatre where she was a finalist for the I AM SOUL Residency. Other honors include The Torchbearer for Black Theatre Award, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship (Semi-Finalist) and the New Works Lab at Stratford (Semi-Finalist). MFA: Brown


play description: 'Deep Shit' 2pm Saturday June 15th, 2019

directed by Niccolo Aeed

The Geneva Community Center-Pat Collins Black Box


After graduating from a prestigious school, Liza finds herself overweight, underemployed and unmarried. The writing is on the wall for her when she ends up in a public restroom with no toilet paper at her five-year college reunion. This one-woman romantic-comedy, inspired by two decades of actual bathroom stall graffiti at Brown University interrogates our need to be seen, our failure to communicate and the deepness of our collective shit.

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Liz Morgan

Playwright Bio


Mia Y. Anderson is a hyphenated artist. She began writing short plays for non-profits and her cabaret show in Boston. Returning to New York she continued to write plays for faith based organizations while performing and directing. In 2006 at the Barn Arts residency she penned her first solo work “her, him, prince… love is love”. She is also currently drafting a new work, a black love story based on her experience in Montgomery, Alabama.


play description:

'her,him,prince,michael and marvin aka love is love is love'

7pm Saturday June 15th, 2019

directed by Marissa Shadburn

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts-McDonald Theatre


Is mediation on love. It’s a “grown ass” black woman’s journey through the this expression as a sister, daughter and lover and how her love for these 3 icons Michael, Marvin and Prince helped her to understand love in a whole new way.

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Mia Y. Anderson

Playwright Bio


Ayesis Clay is an actress, director, and playwright. She has written, produced, and toured her play “Standing on the Edge” throughout the Washington, DC and Atlanta metro areas. Ayesis has directed over 30 productions and is the Touring Technical Director for B-Fly Entertainment (Washington, DC). She is currently developing her newest play, Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns which was a part of the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage festival (reading).


play description: 'Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns'

1pm Suday June 16th, 2019

directed by Danielle Drakes

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts-McDonald Theatre


speaks to the winding path that we each must take in order to actualize our dreams. It is a love letter to the person I have been and the person I am becoming. It is a love letter to every student that I have had and a thank you for the indelible mark that they left on me as an artist and as a person.

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Ayesis Clay

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