Play Updates

Come see Dandelions spring 2023!



Image of Asia Martin, Tafadzwa Diener and Ayanna Bakari

Come to Definition Theatre’s Amplify Series Two Showcase of Black Bone to see one of my plays in progress, directed by Chuck Smith.

BLACK BONE is about four academics at a PWI who find out that one of them is passing for Black. How does one perform or prove their Blackness? And who gets to judge? Come on down and find out.


Pulled Punches is Jeff Recommended and nominated!

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Pulled Punches

by: Tina Fakhrid-Deen

Directed by: Lauren Wells-Mann

On an express train home to watch Scandal, Isis gets all the elements of her favorite show – drama, passion, and heart-stopping suspense when she collides into a professor who dares to swirl into her orbit and take her breath away. A heady mix of Baraka’s The Dutchman and the mythos of Isis and the Seven Scorpions, PULLED PUNCHES investigates identity politics in the age of being woke and well-intentioned. How long should we pull punches before we let them fly? Does that choice promote true connection, violence, insanity or freedom?

 April 15 – May 29, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays 8pm    Sundays 3pm

The Greenhouse Theater Center

2257 North Lincoln Avenue



Sankofa: A Journey into Bronzeville’s Poppin’ Past

Sankofa Walkie Talkie
Runs July 1, 2021 – August 1, 2022
Come to Bronzeville and take a neighborhood tour with Gwen and Haki! I recently wrote and directed a “Walkie Talkie” audio play about the rich legacy of Bronzeville for the Chicago Children’s Theatre and Night Out In the Parks (Chicago Park District). I had the honor of working with two spectacular young actors, Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson (Gwen) and Zachary L. Riley (Haki), and can’t wait for you to hear them bring this story to life! I had so much fun working on this project with the amazing Chicago Children’s Theatre staff and Daniel Etti-Williams, our wonderful sound engineer! What a way to start the summer!
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Dandelions will be featured (in two parts) Oct. 26-Nov. 8th through the Chicago Park District, #NightOutInTheParks and MPAACT! Listen in if you can and share widely!
October 26 MPAACT Dandelions pt.1
October 26 MPAACT Dandelions pt.2

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