OJP to close out season with ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama’

Ophelia’s Jump Productions will close out its 2022 season with Inda Craig-Galvan’s, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama.”

The show will run from September 10 through October 16.

The play takes the audience inside the mind of Sabrina Jackson, a grieving mother whose 14-year-old son, Tramarion, has been killed by police. She tries to overcome the immense loss after coming across her son’s original comic series where she is The Maasai Angel. Jackson confronts villainous avatars of people from real life such as the police, media and Tramarion’s coach in this universe and attempts to move forward with life.

Craig-Galvan wrote the play in response to the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a replica gun but tragically killed by police. The play contains strong language, stylized gun violence re-enactment, and exaggerated comic book style fight scenes. Parental discretion is advised.

The show features Kristi Papailler as Sabrina Jackson/Maasai Angel, Stephen Diaz as Tramarion Jackson, Solomon Patterson as Flat Joe/Black Superman, Rob Dobson as Tom Blackman/Human Hyena, Aaron Pyle as Dave Lester/Death Tap, and Nell Lawson as Lena Evers.

Black Super Hero Magic Mama opens at OJP at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. General admission is $35, preview performances and college students with ID are $20, and Thursday shows are “pay what you can.” To view show times or to purchase tickets visit opheliasjump.org or call (909) 734-6565.

Craig-Galvan is the recipient of the Kesselring Prize, Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Prize, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting, and Stage Raw’s Best Playwright Award.

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