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Elizabeth Flax And Coolidge Harris II of GREENWOOD. The Two Masterminds Behind the Masterpiece.

BWW Interview by Vickie Evans Sep. 15, 2021


Theater patrons - I would like to introduce you to the masterminds behind the historical stage play, Greenwood, based on the 1921 Tulsa Oklahoma massacre - the annihilation of an economically successful African American community, referred to as the Black Wall Street. Coolidge Harris II is the playwright of this awesome production, which happens to be the winner of the very first-of-its-kind BIPOC Playwrights Festival, performed in Matthews, North Carolina, on April 10, 2021. This awesome event is a collaboration between Matthews Playhouse Performing Arts Center and The African American Playwrights Group (AAPG). Elizabeth Flax is the director of this historical depiction of a love story foretold the night before the attack on Greenwood, that was reportedly sanctioned by the U.S. government.


Who Is Elizabeth Flax?

Elizabeth Flax, the director of Greenwood, was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York as a present to herself for her 30th birthday. In 2011, she accepted a directorial opportunity at Triad Stage, in Greensboro, North Carolina. She enjoyed the experience in Greensboro so much that she decided if Triad Stage called her back for a second opportunity, she would take steps to move to North Carolina. In 2015, she received that call-back. So, she and her husband packed up their belongings and relocated to North Carolina.