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CANCELED: When Birds with Broken Wings Fly

Veronique LaShell MacRae


Categories: Theater, Dance, Storytelling

Dates: September 17, 2023 - September 20, 2023

Run Time: 45 mins

Venue: Fidget Space


This show has been canceled. 

Developed as part of The Kennedy Center’s Local Theatre Residency program at the Reach in the division of Social Impact, When Birds with Broken Wings Fly is a solo performance piece that explores the spiritual, mental and physical journey of black women when the world negates and exploits their “Black Girl Magic.”
Inspired by the working documentary, “The Myth of the Black Superwoman” and the book, “In a Field Full of Lavender Trees”, this production is a compilation of mixed media, monologues, poetry, song, dance and music that travels through the challenges and triumphs of black women navigating a world that often imitates their essence while erasing their existence. From stories of self-awareness, relationships, family and independence to moments of grief, healing and joy, this piece aims to provide a safe space that elevates the voices of black women while reclaiming their sovereignty, divinity and power.

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

Veronique LaShell MacRae (Playwright/Performer) is a NYC born, NC raised writer, director, educator and performer based in Washington, DC. As the founder of The VMJ Arts Collective, Veronique aims to curate a holistic, creative arts marketplace that speaks to the well-being, training, and development of the artist. The collective provides creative think tank spaces in conjunction with education, training, consulting and self-care services for performing, creative, literary, and media artists. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP), Veronique’s written and artistic works are rooted in the areas of social justice, identity and health awareness. She aims to lift narratives and stories that give voice to the voiceless, light to the darkness and inspiration to all. As an educator, she utilizes her artistic gifts to empower and educate students by teaching them to utilize their voices for community and global impact. NYC Off-Broadway: "Chocolate Vanilla" (Director, Playwright), "Walking Again" (Director, Playwright), NYC Regional: “The Suicide Journals” (Director, Playwright). Fringe Circuit: “Blackwomanology: Beyond the Headlines” (Director, 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), "Rainbow Children, Angel Babies & Fruitless Fig Trees" (Playwright, Performer; Chicago Fringe, Philadelphia Shoe Box Theatre Festival, BOOM Fringe Charlotte, NC), Film/TV: “Peace in the Mourning Star” (Director/Writer), "Just" (Assistant Director), "Critical Missing" (Assistant Director), "The Decision" (Director, Writer). Author -"The Artist Escape: Refreshing, Renewal & Rejuvenation for the Creative Soul" and “In a Field Full of Lavender Trees.” Additional information is available at &


  • Veronique LaShell MacRaePlaywright
  • Dahjn Maria GomezDirector
  • Veronique LaShell MacRaePerformer
  • Broadus Nesbitt IIIMedia Design
  • David T. JohnsonProduction Manager

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