Work samples

  • Clay's Place Work Sample - ACT II SCENE X.pdf
    Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind. Copyright 2021 by Angela Wilson. Premiered October 2021 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD.
    Setting 1956, Memphis, TN
    Cast 13, 8 men and 5 women

    Sample: 4 pages
  • TEARS OF THE SOUL Work Sample.pdf
    Tears of the Soul. A Play in Two Acts, Copyright 2018, by Angela Wilson
    ASBN: 978-1-61588-501-1
    Published by Heuer Publishing , LLC
    Premiered October 2018 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD
    Cast 12: 5 women and 7 men
    Setting 1968, Memphis, TN

    Sample: 4 pages
  • Boardin' Time Work Sample, Act 1, Scene 4
    Boardin' Time. Copyright 2016, By Angela Wilson
    Premiered February 2017 at the Chesapeake Arts Center Brooklyn Park, MD 
    Cast 13: 7 men, 6 women
    Setting : rural Georgia, 1840's during slavery

    Sample: 4 pages
  • Rising Up Work Sample.pdf
    Rising Up. 2019 by Angela Wilson, Performed February 2019 at the Chesapeake Arts Center Brooklyn Park, MD Setting: covers periods from 1619 through slavery and emancipation, reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Great Migration and Renaissance, Civil Rights and Black Power, to current day faith and hope.

    Sample: 3 pages

About Angela

Anne Arundel County

Angela is the  founder and CEO of the AngelWing Project, Inc.   She leads the non-profit organization in their mission to “positively impact the community by providing uplifting, entertaining shows and events to inspire appreciation for and participation in the arts.”  The AngelWing Project is currently in residence at the Chesapeake Arts Center, a premier arts center in the region  and they collaborate on many projects. Since becoming a resident… more

Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind. A Play in Two Acts. Act 1, Scenes 1-8

Clay’s Place: Inside My Blue Mind steps outside of the narrative that some of our most beloved and classic Black plays have made repetitive. Though set in 1956, Tennessee, it's not another Jim Crow show. It intermingles the richness of the experiences of our past with our continued fight to matter. It's about family, friends, and enemies. It's colored and blues. It's sadness, happiness and the line that fuses them together. It's hope reimagined, as you learn to play the hand you were dealt, whilst moving through spaces with vices and longing for freedom. It’s trauma and past hurts. It's the How I Got Over through music and movement. It’s dreams deferred but that won't ever die. It's living the blues on a cloud, out loud. It's Beale and Mississippi, blue minds and lost smiles. It is the timeless and self-evident truths of the Black existence in America.

Read the excerpt: Act 1, Scenes 1-8

Premiered, October 23, 2021 at The Chesapeake Art Center,  Studio 194
Press Release:
2021 ScreenCraft Stage Play Writing Competition:
  • Clay's Place Inside My Blue Mind - Act I, Scenes 1-8
    Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind - Act I, Scenes 1-8
  • Clay's Place Cast Poster
  • Artwork for Clay's Place
    Artwork for Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind. Designed by Jonis Winger
  • Characters: Vivian and Turner
    Vivian and Turner in a tense exchange
  • Maxine putting Turner out of the house
    Maxine putting Turner out of the house in Scene 3.
  • The guys at Clay's Place at the poker table
    The "poker game" from Scene 4.
  • Georgia serving the guys at Clay's Place
    Georgia serving the guys in Scene 4.
  • Lorne playing his guitar
    Lorne plays his guitar much to Georgia's delight in Scene 4.
  • The "Investor"
    Mr. Whyman plays Clay's Place a Visit
  • Edna, Clay and Mr. Whyman
    Mr. Whyman enjoying Edna's pie.

Tears of the Soul. A Play in Two Acts. Act 1, Scenes 1-8

Tears of the Soul. 1968. The most turbulent year in America. Racial unrest and violent protests in the streets. Social division and a nation on the verge of collapse. Internal family and external community tensions fueled by differing political perspectives. Tears of the Soul is set for two months and four days during the sanitation workers strike in Memphis, TN. There is a war raging in Vietnam. Black soldiers dying on the battlefield are still being buried in segregated cemeteries back home. The Black Power movement questions whether nonviolent protest makes any sense. The leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a messianic preacher of nonviolence, dies a violent death on the balcony of a Memphis hotel. Fred Barnes, a striking Memphis sanitation worker and protester tries to claim his manhood in a society that has long denied it. He’s head of a strong Black family that is being challenged from internal generational family tensions and external social injustice and chaos. Vivian Barnes, Fred’s wife, tries to hold onto sense and sensibility in the family while three young adult children struggle for clarity about their own identities. Meet the Barnes family, a family that is seemingly coming apart at the seams.

Read excerpt, Act 1, Scenes 1-8

Copyright 2017, Copyright 2021, Published by Heuer Publishing
Debuted 2018 at Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD
Voted "festival favorite" at DC Black Theater & Arts Festival 2019
Press Release: The Angelwing Project Presents “Tears Of The Soul,” An Original Stage Play | Pasadena (
Review:  A dynamic 'Tears of the Soul' dramatizes 1968's BLM awakening - DC Theater Arts
News Article: black-experience/black-history Archives - The Archive Site for The Baltimore Times (
Interview: ‘A Quick 5’ with Angela Wilson, playwright and director, ‘Tears of the Soul’ | Maryland Theatre Guide (
  • Tears of the Soul. A Play in Two Acts. Act 1, Scenes 1-8.pdf
    Tears of the Soul. Act 1, Scenes 1-8
  • Angela Wilson published playwright.jpg
    Angela Wilson with copy of her published script
  • tearsofthesoulgraphic2.png
    Tears of the Soul artwork by Jonis Winger
  • Tears of the Soul Festival Poster
    Tears of the Soul Festival Poster
  • Publishing Announcement
    Publishing Announcement by Heuer Publishing
  • Fred and Vivian discussing the strike
    Fred and Vivian discussing the strike and their dilemma.
  • Fred and Turner discussing the strike
    Fred and Turner discussing the strike in Scene 3
  • Cast of Tears of the Soul
    Original Cast on Opening Night
  • cast at festival.jpg
    Cast at the DC Black Theater and Arts Festival
  • Festival Winners
    Cast of Tears of the Soul at the DC Black Theater and Arts Festival.

Boardin' Time. A Two Act Play. Act 1, Scenes 1-10

Boardin' Time. The inherent cruelty of the slave trade in America has impacted countless lives throughout generations.  Some lives were affected by gain and many lives were affected by loss and pain. Cassie and her family were one of many who experienced this harsh reality. The family matriarch is a God-fearing woman with the best of intentions in her heart.  However, her personal inner conflict and her painful past prevent her from being open to change and new ideas. One fateful day a startling heartbreak occurs that threatens to dismantle the entire family.  A distraught Cassie feels hopeless and her headstrong son Benjamin is more determined than ever to change their situation and the trajectory of their lives. Though Cassie has experienced great loss in her life, her unwavering love for her family causes her to realize that there is more to life than she dared to imagine. Although she realized this will require her to tread into unknown territory, her audacity, and courage allowed Cassie and her family to venture on a quest that changes their lives from hopelessness and despair to the pursuit of new possibilities.

Read excerpt: Act 1, Scenes 1-10

Premiered February, 2017 at the Chesapeake Arts Center,12673?

  • Boardin' Time, Act 1, Scenes 1-10.pdf
    Boardin' Time. Act 1, Scenes 1-10
  • Boardin' Time artwork
    Boardin' time lantern, flame denotes freedom. Designed by Jonis Winger
  • Angela Wilson Playwright
    Angela Wilson on the set of Boardin' Time
  • Boardin' Time cast
    Boardin' Time Cast with Playwright Angela Wilson
  • Fellas of Boardin' Time
    Angela Wilson on set with male characters of Boardin' Time
  • Olivia on set
    Olivia on the set of Boardin' Time
  • Ladies of Boardin' time
    Female characters of cast of Boardin' time
  • Playwright and Actor
    Playwright and Actor

Rising Up - African American Firsts and Notables

Rising Up. Once a year in the 2nd month, we focus our thoughts and attention to what African Americans have overcome and how we’ve made it over, but I’m here today to interrupt that once a year story-telling pattern - the annual accounts and adaptations of our experience. You see the African American experience in America is not only our history, it’s America’s history and it could never be just about us. So, the truth is that there are not enough pages that can be written, there are not enough hours in a day and there are not enough movies, books, museums, or presentations that can adequately express this racial existence in this country. Now please don’t get me wrong, different cultures are unique and have their owns zest and flavor and a place in the history books as well and the African American culture is by no means an exception. It is beautiful a culture that is every bit worth celebrating. Some of the smartest, talented, educated, scholarly, innovative, brilliant, artistic, courageous, honorable, principled, laudable, admirable, noble, passionate, inventive, industrious, resourceful people are a part of the African American race.

Recognition of the contribution of African Americans in this country is fitting and appropriate but, we don’t want it to just become a cliché or commonplace. People may feel like, oh yes, those things happened but it’s old history. No, it’s not old history, it is still unfolding because our past explains, illuminates, informs, and clarifies the struggles that still exist today. Our history is still being written.

Read Rising Up, African American Firsts and Notables

  • Rising Up Script with 15 movements.pdf
    Rising Up: African American Firsts and Notables. A soul-stirring performance of drama, spoken word, music & dance.

    Script with 15 movements/scenes.
  • The Hope of the Slave
  • Robert Smalls sea captain
  • Reconstruction
  • The Great Migration
  • Renaissance
  • Civil Rights
  • Black Power
  • Songs of Faith and Hope
  • Cast of Rising Up

Beale Street Rhymes - Opening Poem

Beale Street Rhymes is a poem that sets the stage for the play Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind.  It was written by Angela Wilson and added as a pre-scene to open the play.  It was performed right before the curtains opened for the first act.

Premiered November 2022 at the Chesapeake Arts Center
Brooklyn Park, MD

Read the poem and enjoy the video performance!
  • Beale Street Rhymes. An opening poem
    Beale Street Rhymes by Angela Wilson, 2022
    Added as a pre-scene opener to Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind
    Performed November 2022 at the Chesapeake Arts Center
    Brooklyn Park, MD
  • Beale Street Rhymes
    Beale Street Rhymes Opening Poem to Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind

Angela's Video Journal

Videos used in promotion and marketing  regarding the work of Angela Wilson.
  • Video Journal Content.pdf
    List of videos for Angela's Video Journal.
  • Angela's Video Journal
    Enjoy promotional videos made for the different shows for marketing.
  • Clay's Place Promotional Video 1
    Introduction to Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind video for marketing purposes.
  • Clay's Place Promo
  • Tears of the Soul Promotional Video
    Playwright Angela Wilson describes the play Tears of the Soul and the real life events unfolding around this story.
  • Tears of the Soul encore performance video
  • Interview with Mr. Cleophus Smith, an original Memphis Sanitation Worker who marched with MLK
    Mr. Cleophus was a sanitation worker during the strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis, TN.
  • Boardin' Time promo video