WEEK 3: Our Lady of Common Sorrows

A Zoom Staged Reading
Written & Directed by John Dayo-Aliya, 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow

April 08, 2021 - April 09, 2021

April 8, 7:00pm (ET) April 9, 8:00pm (ET)

2 hours w/ intermission
The virtual “house” will be limited to 50 “seats”

Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99

Test Flight is a multi-week series showcasing new work on its way to full production, presented as virtual staged readings this season. Test Flight provides artists the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress and encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work.

You must use Zoom to see this work. You will receive an email 1-2 hours before showtime with the meeting login information. Have questions? Email boxoffice@cptonline.org.

Content Warning: CPT supports new play development, as well as social justice oriented-theatre. Sensitive material may be explored, and content continues to change as the art is developed (and Test Flight performances can continue to change throughout their virtual run!). Unfortunately, we do not have additional content warning information.

Please Note: Online sales for each performance will close 2 hours before each performance.



A Black family’s faith is tested when their youngest member, a 14-year-old virgin, becomes pregnant. Our Lady of Common Sorrows explores the spectrum of innocence and guilt and what it means for Black lives, divine innocence, Black guiltiness, and the ways cultural perceptions justify Black death, physical and social.

Performers: Ashley Aquilla, Mell-Vonti Bowens, Jr., Cristal Christian, Stephen Hood, LaShawn Little, Andrew Pope, Amy Spencer, Kynnedy Stewart

About John Dayo-Aliya 

is an Akron Arts Alive and Knight Arts Challenge Award-winning playwright, actor, and musician. He studied Theatre Arts at Kent State University and Pan-African Studies at the University of Akron. He is Artistic Director of Ma’Sue Productions. His work explores various aspects of the Black experience, John 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 in hopes of provoking audiences to call out to their higher humanity in order to face social and cultural issues with intelligence, clarity, and empathy.

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