JASON ODELL WILLIAMS

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DESTROYING DAVID

Written and performed by Jason Odell WillIams

 

An unnamed Art Restorer, grieving the death of their husband David, believes the only way to heal is to destroy the most beautiful thing in the world: Michelangelo’s David. As we skip through time in the narrator's head learning about their past relationship and the history of the statue itself, one big question looms over the play: will they actually go through with destroying this 500 year old masterpiece? A play about art, beauty, pain, grief, and what it means to move forward when all seems lost, Destroying David is ultimately a story about hope and the joy life offers in everyday miracles... if we’re brave enough to see and appreciate them.

JASON ODELL WILLIAMS (Playwright/Performer) is an Emmy-nominated producer and playwright. His play Church & State ran Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2017 and was nominated for a Best New Play Award (Off-Broadway Alliance), three Ovation Awards (Los Angeles), and seven Henry Awards (Colorado), winning for Best Play. The play has had over 55 regional productions across 33 states so far. His play Handle With Care (Off-Broadway, Westside Theatre, 2013-14) has been produced over 30 times in America and Internationally and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Best Play. Other plays include: Division Street (CenterStage Rochester), Someone Else (NC Stage); and Baltimore in Black & White (cell theatre, NYC). Two of his new works, The Whole Shebang and A Pound of Flesh, were both named a Semi-Finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (2019 & 2020). Jason was recently named a Finalist for the 2020-21 McKnight National Residency, and was commissioned by Florida Studio Theatre to be part of their inaugural Playwright Collective.