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Breath of Life

by Goldie E. Patrick

Saturday, April 29 @ 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 30 @ 3:30 PM

How did we survive…2020? The answer for Drew and Toni is love. This passionate choreoplay about Black love is set in start of the summer of 2020. Toni and Drew, former community activists, are dealing with the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial reckoning. While sheltering in place with their new baby, the decision to protest or stay at home becomes more than a political choice.

About the Playwright

Goldie E. Patrick is a playwright, director, and cultural worker who believes theatre-making and writing to be her tools toward liberation. Motivated to highlight stories that celebrate the dual humanity and divinity of Black people and Black life, Goldie has built community in her hometown of Detroit, MI, parts of West and South Africa and in Washington DC; where she created and ran a grassroots theater company for Black womxn and girls. A graduate of Howard University, Goldie is currently the Director of Grants & Programming at the Dramatist Guild Foundation. Current residencies include New Federal Theatre, and 651 Arts. Past residencies include Kennedy Center’s culture caucus, National Black Theatre Soul Series Micro Development Session, and APAP Emerging Artist Residency and Hi-Arts NYC “Critical Breaks”.

About the New Plays Festival
Columbia University School of the Arts presents an expanded festival of new plays written by Columbia MFA Playwriting Students. The esteemed faculty who have nurtured these students, including Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as Leslie AyvazianDavid Henry HwangLynn NottageCharles Mee, and Rogelio Martinez, invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.

Organized by Leslie Ayvazian, Theatre.


Apr 29 2023


8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 Street


Columbia University - Lenfest Center for the Arts
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