( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Jordan E. Cooper’s Hit Stageplay “Ain’t No Mo'” Acquired by Concord Theatricals
ENSPIRE Contributor: Daniel Garritson
Concord Theatricals is privileged to announce that it has recently secured exclusive worldwide English-language stage licensing rights to Jordan E. Cooper’s “Ain’t No Mo’” for its Samuel French imprint. For more information, visit https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/95974/aint-no-mo
“Ain’t No Mo’” is a play consisting of several sketch comedy-style vignettes showing the aftermath of a government initiative to ‘solve racism’ by offering Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa. It is an outrageous and high-octane comedy about being Black in today’s America, and seamlessly blends sketch comedy, satire, and avant-garde theatre to leave audiences crying with laughter–and thinking through the tears.
Jordan E. Cooper is an award-winning playwright, producer, director, and performer. He is also the youngest Black American to make his Broadway playwriting debut at age 27. Jordan made his Broadway debut both offstage and on with the debut of “Ain’t No Mo’”, starring as the hilarious and bossy flight attendant “Peaches.” The press called “Ain’t No Mo’” “fearlessly provocative,” “jubilantly disruptive” and the “Best New Play on Broadway This Year,” citing Jordan as “Broadway’s Groundbreaking New Voice.”
Cooper had the following to say about the acquisition:
“I’m so incredibly honored to have Ain’t No Mo’ find its home with Concord Theatricals. The only accessible way to experience Broadway plays in Texas when I was younger was by ordering Samuel French. It allowed those plays to meet me where I was, which is why it’s an amazing feeling to join some of my favorite plays and get to meet someone where they are. Ain’t No Mo’ is a wild yet hilarious ride with the heart of an ancestral hug, and I’m honored that Concord will help me spread that hug around.”
In response, Amy Rose Marsh, the Vice President of Acquisitions and Artistic Development at Concord Theatricals, said:
“We are excited to be able to share Jordan’s visionary, remarkable play with theatres all over the world. It’s a brilliant work of theatre and we hope to see many productions in the future.”
Ain’t No Mo’ made its world premiere to overwhelming acclaim at The Public Theater in March 2019. In September 2022, the show had its regional premiere at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, followed by a run at Baltimore Center Stage in October 2022. The show came to Broadway in December 2022, produced by Lee Daniels and directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, where it was named “The Best New Play of the Year” by The Wrap. The Obie Awards honored Cooper in 2019 with a special citation for Playwriting & Performance in Ain’t No Mo’.
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