At the end of President Barack Obama's second term, after he had campaigned on the promise of closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, of the 800 men who were detained there over the course of 14 years, 41 remained. Now, President Donald Trump has promised to keep the facility open for the foreseeable future. Over the course of 12 years, or 4,380 nights, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at Guantanamo. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside interconnect with historical and mythical events in a riveting exposé of the legacy of global colonization and the continued violent coercion of black and brown bodies. 4380 NIGHTS asks how we might acknowledge our interconnected past and present moments and together build a future free from the walls.
4,380 NIGHTS had its world premiere, directed by Kathleen Akerley, at DC's Signature Theatre in January 2018 as part of the 2nd annual DC Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
"a treasure" - DC Theatre Scene
"a lush historical buffet" - Washington Post
"deeply felt" - New York Times
"haunting and poetic.. a work of genuine humanity and insight" - Washington City Paper
"gutsy and well-crafted" - Washington Blade
4,380 NIGHTS was recognized as an honorable mention (top 21%) on the 2017 Kilroys list of un- and underproduced plays by female and trans playwrights of color.