“Dreamscape” Nominated for six NAACP Theatre Awards

UCR professor Rickerby Hinds’ play leads with local nominations

Actors Rhaechyl Walker and John Merchant in the stageplay Dreamscape.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – “Dreamscape,” a play by Rickerby Hinds, theatre professor at the University of California, Riverside, has been nominated for six National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Theatre Awards.

“I am both overwhelmed and humbled by the six nominations, especially after realizing that we received the most nominations for a local performance. I am especially thrilled for my cast and choreographer though, because ‘Dreamscape’ is only what it is because of them,” Hinds said.

“Dreamscape” is based on the 1998 shooting of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, a Rubidoux resident who was sitting in her car when she was shot and killed by Riverside police. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police brutality and racism. Through dance, music, beatboxing, and spoken word, Hinds tells the story of the tragic incident through the eyes of “Myeisha Mills” (the main character in the play, representing Tyisha).

The play leads all local nominations, recognized in the categories of: best choreographer, best director, best female lead, best male lead, best playwright, and best producer.

Rickerby Hinds

Rickerby Hinds

The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the city of Los Angeles. The mission of the theatre awards is to entertain, educate, inspire the community and create diversity in the arts and entertainment industry. The 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards show will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The awards include 32 categories, which encompass local and equity nominations.

Rickerby Hinds (playwright, screenwriter, producer) is a professor of playwriting at UCR. A native of Honduras, he moved to South Central Los Angeles at 13. Hinds’ play, “Daze to Come,” debuted in 1989 as the first full-length play to use the founding elements of hip hop as the primary language of the stage. He received his M.F.A. in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Award for best play. Hinds has also co-written, along with Gus Krieger, the film adaptation of “Dreamscape,” called “My Name is Myeisha.” Shooting wrapped on Oct. 22 and is currently in post-production. The film was financed independently through local investors including UCR.

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