B Coleman is a high achieving, first generation college student who is suffering under the weight of her own expectations. When the opportunity arises to win a prestigious scholarship, she seeks out a letter of recommendation from the most popular faculty member on campus, Harrison Jones, a former member of the Black Panther Party, current Black Studies professor, and prolific author. Harrison sees potential in B and agrees to give her his recommendation after he takes her under his wing as a mentee. As B and Harrison’s relationship develops into an undefined, entangled web Harrison attempts to maintain his reputation, and B attempts to find light in the shadow of a famous man.
Mingus is the recipient of the 2018 KCACTF Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and a finalist for the 2018 Goldberg Playwriting Prize. It has received readings and workshops at New York University under the tutelage of Suzan-Lori Parks as well as at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.