Shetler Studios (2014)

Davenport Theatre* (2015)

Harlem Repertory Theatre (2016)

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (2016)

Fresh Fruit Festival (2017)

SUNY Old Westbury (2018)

Downtown Urban Arts Festival (2018)

​DC Black Theatre Festival (2019)

*Performance at Davenport Theatre

represented a 10-week engagement


A detective turned modern day vigilante, a lawyer with an ulterior motive, and the strings that bind them both. While Derek prepares to defend the man he just met, they each find that neither is truly innocent. This show speaks of friendship, race, a corrupt system, and that no matter how fast we run our past catches up with us eventually.


A play for 2 men





about the playwright


a play, written by Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis is a Westchester, NY native musician, actor, director, teaching artist and playwright. He has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Presbyterian College prior to his graduate studies in Music and Counseling at the University of South Carolina. As a performer, his credits span different performance medium including opera, musicals, stage plays and film.  As a playwright, Curtis is proud to be Axial Theatre's first playwrighting scholarship receipient, as well as his work having been selected for performance at the National Black Theatre Festival (2011), DC Black Theatre Festival (2014), Atlanta Black Theater Festival (2016), and most recent, Fresh Fruit Festival (2017). Outside of the performing world, Curtis is a voice and performance coach and lectures on the use of Hip Hop in teaching life skills and as an alternative to traditional talk therapy.

it's such an important piece. 

This show speaks to the times, the feelings of many people of color and what we're going through

- Eugene W

The power and intensity of Charles Curtis’ riveting piece, Strings, was palpable.

The Fresh Fruit Festival -- always presenting quantity works, surpassed itself with this play as a choice.

- Ashley Khan, Outer-Stage

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about the show

can't wait to see it again!!

- Jason B

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