An excerpt from …Or Does it Explode?

Part of CPT's Encounters (Here and Now) Series
Written & Directed by John Dayo-Aliya

August 27, 2020 - August 29, 2020

8:00pm (ET), Thu/Fri/Sat

45 min
The virtual “house” will be limited to 60 “seats”

Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99
1 ticket per email address

This is a work-in-progress virtual reading of an excerpt from ...Or Does it Explode?. This theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century. This will be a LIVE reading via Zoom and will not be available as a recorded video.

Performed by Austin Sasser, Benjamin Black, De Andre Hairston-Karim, & Dar'Jon Bentley

You must use Zoom to see this work. You will receive an email 1-2 hours before showtime with the meeting login information. Only one login will be sent to each individual email address. If you need more than one viewing device in your household, or want to purchase tickets for someone else, you will need to make a separate purchase for each email address/login.

Have questions? Email

Please Note: Online sales for each performance will close at 6:00pm (ET).

About John Dayo-Aliya

John Dayo-Aliya is an Akron Arts Alive and Knight Arts Challenge Award-winning playwright, actor, and musician. He is a graduate of Kent State University where he studied Theatre Arts and Pan-African Studies. He is Artistic Director of the nationally-recognized theatre company, Ma’Sue Productions. With Ma’Sue, Dayo-Aliya has produced eight plays in the past 9 years that have received numerous accolades and press in local media such as The Devil Strip, Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, Akronlife Magazine, and many other locally and regionally published media outlets. His work has been produced at Balch Street Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Akron Civic Theatre. His work explores various aspects of the Black experience and is specifically interested in Black modern lives and the questions arising out of the challenge of holding on to faith, love, community, and familial ties while living against a backdrop of structural racism. He creates work that provokes audiences to call out to their higher humanity in order to face social and cultural issues with intelligence, clarity, and empathy.