In Eisa Davis' exciting new work, Flowers Are Sleeping, a contemporary visual artist pushes her work to the edge-with unexpected consequences for her relationships and herself. The characters peopling this intimate music-theatre piece are loosely inspired by Harlem Renaissance figures such as author and nurse Nella Larsen, critic and poet Jessie Fauset, the critic and poet who was deeply in unrequited love with W.E.B. DuBois, the progressive thinker, scholar, socialist and eventual Pan-Africanist. Other characters are drawn from photographer Carl Van Vechten, and writers Alain Locke and Jean Toomer.
Playwright/singer/songwriter/actor, and current Symphony Space Artist-in-Residence, Eisa Davis is the winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in Theatre. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela's Mixtape, named a best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Flowers Are Sleeping was commissioned by Symphony Space.