Cover of The Dramatist Jan/Feb 2022: The Motivation Issue
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    Blossom Johnson, Jeremy Geragotelis, Brianna Barrett, TS Hawkins, Psalmayene 24
  • L to R: Blossom Johnson, Jeremy Geragotelis, TS Hawkins, Brianna Barrett, Psalmayene 24
    L to R: Blossom Johnson, Jeremy Geragotelis, TS Hawkins, Brianna Barrett, Psalmayene 24

At the beginning of the pandemic, it was difficult to begin writing a new play, because I was living on the Navajo reservation, and the news channels and online newspapers kept telling the world that COVID could make tribes extinct or lose their language because our elders were dying from the virus. I remember eating cereal for breakfast and turning on the TV and hearing this from major news channels, but my family was surviving, our tribe was fighting, and we never lost hope. Communities came together and helped each other slay this modern-day monster.

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Blossom Johnson

is a Diné playwright, screenwriter, and dramaturg from Dził Yijin, Arizona. She is from the Yé’ii Dine’é Táchii’nii (Giant People) clan, and her maternal grandfather is from the Deeshchíí’nii (Start of the Red Streak People) clan.

Jeremy Geragotelis

is a playwright and composer currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Their work focuses mainly on the behavior of goodness, the reiterative function of bodies across time, and the interstitial space—inherently coded as queer—in theatrical form.

TS Hawkins

is an international author, performance poet, art activist, playwright, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts...”, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus.


is a playwright, performer, and visual artist from Portland, Oregon. Her plays have been published by Samuel French and developed with LineStorm Playwrights at Artists Repertory Theatre. In 2021, she created a podcast based on her solo show True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases with Bag & Baggage Productions.

Psalmayene 24

is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor. He is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Mosaic Theater. His play, Dear Mapel, a series of letters to his estranged, deceased father, will receive its world premiere production at Mosaic in January 2022.