Three people in dressed in bright colors, standing against a brick wall with graffiti on it. BLKS. By Aziza Barnes.


Apr 15, 2022 to Apr 23, 2022
Aziza Barnes
Directed by: 
Lisa Strum
E.C. Mabie Theatre
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, April 22, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 8:00pm


When stuff goes down, your girls show up. Waking up to a shocking and personal health scare, Octavia and her best friends, June and Imani, go on a crusade to find intimacy and joy in a world that could not care less about them or their feelings. This 24-hour blitz explores what it is to be a queer blk woman in 2015 New York, how we survive and save ourselves from ourselves.

This production contains adult content, strong language, and some violence. Theatrical fog and strobe lighting effects will be used. Additional content warning information is available here.

BLKS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.

Press about BLKS

Link to the Daily Iowan Article

Link to the Daily Iowan Photos by Jerod Ringwald


Cast of BLKS.
Role Name
Octavia Olivia Foster
Imani DeZhané Antionette
June Dajzané Meadows-Sanderlin
Ry Asha Keller*
Justin/ Sosa/ Ethnically Ambiguous Dude Isaac Addai
That Bitch on the Couch/ Drunk White Woman Kayce Drevline*

Creative Team

Creative Team of BLKS.
Title Name
Director Lisa Strum
Scenic Designer Bethany Kasperek
Costume Designer Loyce Arthur
Lighting Designer Victor Maldonado
Sound Designer Michael Keck
Dramaturg Joell Weil
Stage Manager Brillian Qi-Bell
Intimacy Director Erica Wray
Assistant Scenic Designer Damaria Finley*
Assistant Sound Designer Ryan McElroy
Assistant Stage Manager Virginia Muturi*
Fight and Intimacy Captain DeZhané Antionette

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or online at Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at the Theatre Building one hour prior to the performance, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

Capacity is limited and all seating is general admission. Masks are welcome.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319-335-1158.

Production Photos

Photos courtesy of Miranda Meyer

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS

Dress Rehearsal of BLKS