P. A. Wray
P.A. Wraay (Patti) studied dramatic writing at Old Dominion University in 2001, and continues to learn the craft through workshops, self-study and participation in Virginia Playwrights Forum (VPF), a group she helped form in 2000. In 2007, Wray and her investment partner opened a storefront performing arts space in Norfolk to help foster the fledging writers group. This space, known as The Venue on 35th, in addition to being the home of the Forum, became popular with a variety of artists. In 2016 Wray stepped down from being the executive producer at The Venue to focus on her writing. She also, through VPF, is currently working with Wayne Theatre to bring dramatic works for the stage to the Wayne, with emphasis on new works by Virginia playwrights.
Writing Credits in Theater:
Over the years Wray’s plays have been featured in local new play festivals as productions and staged readings. Nat’s Last Struggle: a one act, one man solo piece received critical acclaim during Norfolk Summer Play Fest 2011 and was presented at The Earl Hamner, Jr. Theatre, Afton, Va. and Gateway Theater, Waynesboro, Va. in Oct. 2011. It was produced in July 2015 and presented at Generic Theater, Norfolk, Va. This piece is currently available for production through Blue Moon Plays.
Nat Turner’s Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home: a one act, two character play, is a re-imagined version of Nat’s Last Struggle. It was selected for a Summer Reading Series by Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company and was presented in a fully-staged reading at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. July 2016. The piece was produced at The Venue on 35th March 2017 where it received rave reviews from audiences and literary professionals. A different production was part of Virginia Theater Association Fringe Festival in October 2017. A new production will go up at Wayne Theatre in February 2019 as part of their 2018/2019 Fall and Winter Season. This piece is available for production through Blue Moon Plays.
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Nat’s Last Struggle
- 60 Minutes
- 1 Male, Min/Max 1
A one-man play by P. A. Wray. Nat Turner confronts his conscience between his sentencing and his hanging. Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831) was an American slave who brought about the only direct, continuous slave rebellion (August 1831) in U. S. history. Some regard him as a monster, others as a hero in search of freedom. Which was he?
Great for high school, college, community theater, and readers theater.Read More
Nat Turner’s Last Struggle: Finding His Way Home
- 50 - 60 minutes
- 1 Male 1 Female Max/Min 2
This one-act, two character play opens during the pre-dawn hours of November 5, 1831. It is the day that Nat Turner, leader of a bloody slave rebellion, will be tried, convicted and sentenced to death. In the predawn hours before the trial a mysterious woman enters to purify the courtroom. Seven days later she is there by the hanging tree when Turner is executed and thrown into the darkness of death – where he fears he has been eternally abandoned. When Nat is finally given light he struggles to make his case – taking us on a journey where we see a bright, enslaved boy grow into a divinely-inspired freedom fighter. And the mysterious woman is there – stealthily guiding Nat and us to our long-forgotten home.Read More