World Premier of “The Taken” by Award Winning Playwright Ayvaunn Penn

Award-winning playwright Ayvaunn Penn sets the stage on fire again with the world premier of her latest work — “The Taken.” Directed by Mark H., it will be featured in Columbia University’s Schapiro Theatre summer play festival entitled “And You Try to Become a Bird: An Evening of Short Plays.” This event of bliss that you simply don’t want to miss is August 12-14, 2016. Free admission seats are limited, so click here to book your tickets now!

Inspired by the story of King David’s children and adapted from II Samuel chapter 13, “The Taken” is a trilogy of one-act plays exploring the roller coaster of emotions a girl feels when raped by one brother and avenged by the other through murder.  Bringing this story to life with vibrance and conviction are the fresh chocolate faces of A’Keyah Dasia Williams, War Marco Talley, and Kevin Jones Jr..

Miss Penn is the Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the Columbia University playwriting class of 2018 and most recently served as assistant director to Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre.

Click here for directions to Schapiro Theatre. Play fest show times are as follows:

  • Friday August 12th 8PM
  • Saturday August 13th 2PM & 8PM
  • Sunday August 14th 2PM


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