‘I find that my most effective fight is to write’: Natyna Bean on her play ‘Assumed Positions’

‘I find that my most effective fight is to write’: Natyna Bean on her play ‘Assumed Positions’

Read an excerpt from Natyna Bean’s “Assumed Positions,” now streaming on ALL ARTS as part of “House Seats: Fire This Time Festival”

From the playwright:

These are the first sketchings of the full-length play tentatively titled “Osage 11,” from which the short play, “Assumed Positions,” is extracted. I began writing “Osage 11” in the fall of 2018, immediately after former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode was honored by having a street renamed for him in West Philadelphia. While some might find this moment to be well-deserved for the first Black mayor of Philly, Goode’s immortalization in the very same neighborhood he ordered the Philadelphia Police Department to bomb during a public feud with the MOVE organization in May 1985 feels more like a mockery to the 11 lives that were lost and the 60 homes that were destroyed that day.

In an effort to disallow this tragedy to be forgotten or, worse, revered as necessary, I find that my most effective fight is to write. It is my hope that by confronting atrocities and choosing to no longer be complicit to harm, that narratives like this will encourage more accountability in our communities so that we can discontinue celebrating perpetrators of violence.

Excerpt from “Assumed Positions,” by Natyna Bean:

Artist biography:

Natyna Bean (she/they) is a Blk queer-femme writer, educator and truth-teller from Philly who witnesses and writes the world around her/them. The world — interpreted by Natyna — has been produced and/or developed in collaboration with the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Playground Experiment, the Fire This Time Festival, Tectonic Theatre Company, Cape Cod Theater Project, Moving Arts Theater, 24 Hour Plays Nationals, the Bats of the Flea Theater in NY. Bean is the recipient of the 2020 Lilly Award in Honor of Lorraine Hansberry, the 2014 KCACTF National Undergraduate Playwriting Award, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Bean is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Playwriting at the New School University.

Photo: Natyna Bean.
Photo: Natyna Bean.

We’re sharing excerpts from the plays featured in “House Seats: Fire This Time Festival,” now available to stream on the ALL ARTS website and app. More information about the films and excerpts can be found here.