Hair is an important topic to many women of color. Whether we choose the natural-what-God-has-given-us route, the no-weave-but-relaxed route or the extensions-hanging-down-the-back route we are constantly searching for ways to help our mane look its best. Through trial and error and endless discussions we are all on a hair journey.
Journalist and leader in the natural hair field Candace Kelley, along with Audrey Kelley and Gilda Rogers wrote and produced Supernatural: The Play. This off Broadway production takes the audience on a natural hair journey and introduces six women who share their trials, tribulations and triumphs with coming to terms and excepting their hair.
“We wanted the characters to be diverse but relatable,” said Kelley. “We wanted to come up with characters that would resonate.”
The play is narrated by actress and comedienne Kim Coles. Her character becomes a YouTube sensation because of her natural hair videos. She guides the audience through the stories of several women she meets during her own hair journey. During the course of the play the audience will get to know a woman of mixed heritage who shares her story of growing up with a white mother and stepping through the doors of an all-black hair salon; a cancer patient who gets up close and personal with her hair story while fighting the disease; a woman who’s hair journey forces her to come to terms with her sexuality; a woman who feels pressured to become natural but loves her relaxed hair and other women who will leave the audience shedding tears, laughing and cheering.
Kelley said she thinks this play is something a lot of women can bond over. The play originally made its debut in 2012 at New Jersey’s Crossroads Theater and Luna Stage. On March 25 a stage reading was held in Los Angeles, California. Kelley said feedback from the play has been great. All three ladies have received comments where audience members walked away “feeling inspired about being who they are and able to enjoy their natural journey.”
“We all have our stories and they’re all valid,” said Kelley.
Supernatural: The Play is set to debut at the Players Theatre in New York City on Saturday May 25th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday May 26th at 3 p.m. On Sunday before the show, a natural hair event will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 with Tameeka McNeil- Johnson aka the Curl Whisperer.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.supernaturalproject.org. To share your hair story tweet using the Twitter hashtag #iamsuprntrl.