Amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution, a young & fiercely intelligent African woman grapples with love, independence, and her role in an unusual New England trial.
Inspired by true events.
- In development with TCGT Entertainment
- Roxbury International Film Festival: Daily Reads Selection
- Diverse cast; strong Black female lead & supporting role for a Nigerian actress
- Crossover of current & historical themes
Dill is a unique 18th century period piece about the experience of African women in a time of slavery and revolution – a romantic New England love story with a deeply political undertone.
Based on a true story, “Dill” is the tale of an African teenager, living in Massachusetts in 1772, who has a life-changing love affair in a time when slavery was thought to be the norm. As the Revolutionary War begins, Dill’s quest for self-determination—and the right to love whom she chooses—is constantly being thwarted by 18th century personal and political issues. When the fallout from Dill’s affair results in a local trial, Dill has a critical choice to make. It will take all her strength and courage to achieve her dream of freedom.
Initial drafts of this script have received input from:
- Benny Sato Ambush: Boston theatre director & Artistic Director of the Venice Theatre
- Sherard Harrington: UNH historian working with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner
- Professor Gloria Chuku: Igbo historian
- A private reading/workshop took place on May 25, 2020 with AEA actors & Boston-based producer Nerissa Williams Scott.
- A public reading of the first act with a talkback took place on June 22, 2021 at the Roxbury International Film Festival.
- An Investor Reading is being scheduled for Late Autumn 2021.