The Charlotte Post says A Rose by any other name is just as poignant Playwright Stacey Rose returns to Charlotte. Here’s an excerpt:
Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020 11:30 am by Ashley Mahoney
Stacey Rose returns to Charlotte to tell a story from her soul.
She is the first artist selected for the BOOM festival artist residency, which begins in February. The Charlotte-based playwright’s work “TRAPT” culminates with a work-in-progress presentation at the festival April 17-19.
“I love telling stories,” Rose said via telephone this week from Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I love telling black American stories, because that’s my base of understanding.”
Festival founder Manoj Kesavan noted commissioning a work like this is a first for the festival, and the beginning of what they aspire to offer artists in the future, because of additional grant support from organizations like the North Carolina Arts Council.
Rose a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and her son, Charlotte-based hip-hop artist Zion “NO¡Z” Rose collaborated on “TRAPT,” which is a combination of fable and documentary theater. It explores the challenges facing contemporary trap artists. The work was developed at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Joe’s Pub in partnership with The Civilians. Rose and NO¡Z began working on the project in 2017.