SPF 11: Agathe

Sunday, August 2nd @ 5 PM ET, 2 PM PT
Written By Angela J. Davis
Directed By Saundra McClain

Twenty-six years after the Rwandan genocide, AGATHE is inspired by the woman who served as the country’s president for just fourteen hours and, during one of the darkest moments in history, accomplishes a miracle: the survival of her five young children, as well as her spirit, evidenced by Rwanda today having the largest percentage numbers of women in government. Recipient of a 2020 New American Voices Award and named 2020 Eugene O”Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist. 

Development History
An earlier, one-act version received the 2019 Marsha A. Croyle Award for Achievement in Playwriting, as well as 2019 new-play awards from the Chameleon Theatre Circle and other regional theaters. The one-act was also workshopped at The Road. Responses to the one-act version ultimately persuaded me to write the full-length play.

AGATHE is the exclusive property of the author, Angela J. Davis and is copyrighted. Permission of the author is required for ALL performances, amateur and/or professional.


Angela J. Davis is the author of The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 Season; L.A. Times Best Bet), AGATHE (2020 New American Voices Award – The Landing Theatre), and Daughters of Love and War (The Word at The Road, 2019) among other plays. A three-time Eugene O’Neill Semi-Finalist (2020, 2018, and 2017), and recently named in the top 21 (from a field of over twelve hundred) for the Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, additional playwriting honors include: 2018 ATHE Award for Playwriting Excellence Second-Place Winner, PlayPENN  top-12 finalist, SETC First Alternate Winner, FutureFest Official Selection, Julie Harris Award top 5. Recent work performed and/or forthcoming at The Landing Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Itinerant Theatre Company, the HRC Showcase, and elsewhere. Angela holds degrees from Stanford and UCLA and is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, PEN American, and The Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab. 

Ms. McClain received critical acclaim for such productions as DANCING LESSONS, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY, BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE, OH FREEDOM, THE COLORED MUSEUM, FLYIN’ WEST, INTIMATE APPAREL, FOR COLORED. GIRLS…, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, THE FANTASTICKS, IN THE CONTINUUM, SPUNK, PRAYERVILLE, ELECTRA, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ANTIGONE, TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK, THE WOMEN OF PLUMS, DARK OF THE MOON, HELLO OUT THERE, DON’T SEE MY BONES AND THINK I AM DEAD,A MODEST PROPOSAL; HARRIET’S RETURN, OF EBONY EMBERS-Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.. As an adjunct professor, she taught Black Theater Workshop and Theatre for Social Change. As Artistic Director of Troupe NY, she developed new works as well as adapted and directed classic plays and programming for the schools, youth and family audiences at Kennedy Cente. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, an Alum of Antaeus Theatre Company.

Currently, she is pursuing her MFA at CSU Fullerton.


Agathe Uwilingiyimana – Inger Tudor*
Carrie – Paris Perrault*
Lucas – Raymond Watanga
Addie – Jeff LeBeau*
Mbaye – Amir Abdullah
Announcer/Colonel – Gilbert Glenn Brown
Stage Directions – Katharine McEwan*

*Road Company Member