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Contrary to Popular Belief

Debonair Barber Shop owner, Kevin Evans, is on the verge of inking a deal to convert a Pittsburgh public housing high-rise into condominiums. An unexpected visitor shows up on his doorstep as a result of Hurricane Katrina, forcing a family to open up old wounds. How does a family put the pieces back together once a storm flips their lives upside down? Contrary to Popular Belief explores issues such as betrayal, genocide, gentrification, and racism in the black community.

  • Nathan James
    Hands Up: Seven Playwrights, Seven Testaments
  • Project Type:
    Stage Play
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Barrymore Awards
    November 2, 2015
    Outstanding New Play Nomination
  • BBC Radio (UK)
    July 27, 2016
    Radio Play of the Week
Writer Biography - Nathan James

Nathan James is a proud native of Pittsburgh, where he began his acting career with Kuntu Repertory Theater. He received a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University. In the spring of 2014, he won 1st place at Amateur Night at the Apollo with an original poem, Death of Swag. His one man show, Growing Pains, appeared in the 2014-2015 season of the Billie Holiday Theater, The Cultural Conversations Festival at Penn State, The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh), and The United Solo Theater Festival (the largest solo performer festival in the world) on Theatre Row in Times Square. Nathan has appeared in American Theater Magazine, BBC Radio, and most recently published with Samuel French alongside his fellow playwrights of The New Black Fest collaboration, HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. The New York Times considered him a standout actor for his performance in August Strindberg’s, Easter, at the Gene Frankel Theater in New York. He has also received an A.U.D.E.L.C.O Award for Best Supporting Actor 2014 for his performance in Maid’s Door at The Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn, NY.

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