How to Raise a Freeman


Every 28 hours a Black man is killed by police; so, how does a middle-class family teach their teenage son to stay alive? A drama about living while Black in America.


Additional creative team, cast, and release date to be announced at a later date. 

About The Playwright

Zakiyyah Alexander

Zakiyyah Alexander

Zakiyyah Alexander is a writer, and a native New Yorker raised in Queens and Brooklyn. Her plays include: THE GOOD MUSLIM (Ensemble Studio Theater), YOU ARE HERE, the musical: GIRL SHAKES LOOSE (Penumbra Theater, O’Neill Musical Conference), 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE (Second Stage Uptown), THE ETYMOLOGY OF BIRD (Central Park Summerstage, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre), BLURRING SHINE (Market Theater, Johannesburg), SWEET MALADIES (Brava Arts Center, Rucker Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and her newest play, HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN developed at Playwright’s Horizons and workshopped at Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. Currently commissioned by: Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As an activist, Zakiyyah is co-founder of, The Kilroys – an organization focused on parity in American theater. Television writer/producer credits include: LA BREA (upcoming), RUSSIAN DOLL (upcoming), HUNTERS, GREY’S ANATOMY, and 24: LEGACY.