The Anthology 
Kindred








A SONG FOR EVERY OCCASION

A Dramatized Playlist Inspired by Minneapolis Memorial Day 2020


By Candrice Jones




CHARACTERS

A BLACK DJ
A BLACK NEWS ANCHOR
A BLACK SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
A BLACK SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER

PLEASE MAKE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE ALL BLACK CAST.


Note: This play could be performed with live performers or on a triptych of screens.


The play begins.

Somewhere in Minneapolis, a DJ spins sounds.  

A News Anchor reports the news.

Social Media junkies engage in their fix.

DJ
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Let’s go now!
Let’s go now!
Here we go now!
Here we go now!

The DJ hypes and spins Faith Evans’ “Love Like This.”

NEWS ANCHOR
It is the 86th day of quarantine. And, Minnesotans are showing the country how to hunker down.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
Who ready for that Jagged Edge/112 Battle tomorrow night! Who y’all got?

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(Imitating Jagged Edge’s “He Can’t Love You”)
Wooo-ooo

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
112 got that “Cupid” though. What else Jagged Edge got?

NEWS ANCHOR
Anyone who lives in Minnesota knows how to stay home out of the elements beyond our control. For us, an extended winter is no sweat.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(Singing Jagged Edge’s “Let’s get Married)
Let’s get marrriiiieeeedddd!

DJ
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Let’s go now!
Let’s go now!
Here we go now!
Here we go now!

NEWS ANCHOR
But, it’s Memorial, the weather is heating up, the smell of grilling is firing up the city.

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Summertime” begins to play.

DJ
I got something for ya’ll. This is a little homage to DJ Jazzy Jeff who as we all know has been affected by the Coronavirus. Blessings up to Jeff.

NEWS ANCHOR
I’m signing off. Happy Memorial Day as we honor those who lost their lives during the Civil War.

The News Anchor exits.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
What the *#@! is going on with Jagged Edge?


SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
Told ya’ll! (Imitating Notorious B.I.G.) Room 112 Where the Playas Dwell!

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(A new post)
Oh my gaawwwwd! These fools’ sound is whack.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
I’m already back over here at Club Quarantine.

DJ begins to play Tyler the Creator’s “Earfquake.”

DJ
Something for real for the old and the new.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
At least I know his sound good.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
Have you seen this video?

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
Girl, he set everything on fire.

“Earfquake” continues to play.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
Don’t leave it’s my fault!!!

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
You still listening? Girl, where you go?

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(New Post)
What video is everybody talking about?

“Earfquake” continues to play.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
I ain’t watching that video.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
What video?

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
What video?

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
Oh my god. I found it. I’m watching it.

DJ plays Future’s “Too Comfortable.” DJ looks at the comments on his page (these can’t be seen by the audience).

DJ
Yo, I’m reading the comments. What video?

Everything stops. All is silent, all is paused.
DJ plays Fantastic Negrito’s version of “In the Pines.” The entire song should play.

NEWS ANCHOR
Many have reportedly seen the video or part of the video. Some saying that it is either too difficult or too familiar to watch.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(a new post)
Rest in Power George Floyd.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(a new post)
Why aren’t they releasing the name of the cop?

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
Cops? You mean? It was four whole cops.

DJ plays NWA’s “**** the Police” or YG’s “FTP.”

DJ
We got a song for every occasion!

NEWS ANCHOR
I’m standing here on the corner of 38th and Chicago where community members have gathered.

DJ continues to play “**** the Police” or “FTP.”

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(going live)
Yo! I’m down here at 38th and Chicago.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTER
(responding)
Girl, you down there?

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTER
(responding)
You coming?

DJ
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Let’s go now!
Let’s go now!
Here we go now!
Here we go now!

The DJ hypes and spins, Faith Evans’ “Love Like This.”


Lights/Screen goes black. End of Play. The playlist continues.