The Urban Retreat

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Fiercely funny, gripping and raw, A. Zell William’sTHE URBAN RETREAT is a powerful new American play about Chaucer Mosley, an English teacher and long-rejected writer, hired by a publisher of Urban Lit to turn the grandiose ramblings of a rap superstar into a compelling memoir. Unimpressed by the material but desperate for money, Mosley takes on the assignment. But when the rapper turns out to be a former student that Mosley unknowingly failed, the writing process becomes a surprising and deeply honest exchange about survival, selling out and what it means to be a black man in America today.

Cast Requirements

Cast Size: 6
(In Line Order)

Chaucer Mosley 42, m, black. A storyteller, a teacher.

Setty Rexpin 16, m, black. A rapper, a hustler, a spirit.

Maggie Farmer 36, f, non-black. An editor, unabashedly ambitious.

Angie Kyriakopoulos 23, f, non-black. Pretty, professional, hip-hop at heart.

Trench Deep 24, m, black. Rap supernova, mad swagger, haunted.

Pooh Butt 28, m, black. A producer, a manager, a front.

CEO 50s, m, white. A shadowed figure voiced by the actor portraying Pooh Butt.

Zack 16, m. Played by the actor portraying Setty.

Voice Overs CTA Announcer, Singers

Set Description

An "L" train & Maggie's office in Chicago &
Trench's summer home in Mill Valley, CA.


The Terrence McNally New Play Award- Philadelphia Theatre Company
The Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award - New York University

Production and Development History

Received a Workshop Production as part of the Public Studio @ The Public Theater.