Jordan E. Cooper is an OBIE Award–winning playwright and performer who was most recently chosen to be one of OUT Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year.” Last spring he had a sold out run of his play Ain’t No Mo’, a New York Times Critics Pick. Jordan created a pandemic-centered short film called “Mama Got A Cough” that’s been featured in National Geographic and was named “Best of 2020” by the New York Times. He is currently filming The Ms. Pat Show, an R-rated “old school” sitcom he created for BET+, which will debut later this year. He can also be seen as “Tyrone” in the final season of FX’s Pose.
An excerpt from Ain’t No Mo’:
WOMAN: (To TV) Bitch said free.
ZAMATA: What free?
WOMAN: (To TV) What country?
NEWSWOMAN: Land of the free.
WOMAN: (To TV) What free?
ZAMATA: What land?
NEWSWOMAN: This land.
WOMAN AND ZAMATA: Has free?
NEWSWOMAN: We’re all free.
ZAMATA: To do what?
NEWSWOMAN: Be free.
ZAMATA: Says who?
NEWSWOMAN: The free.
ZAMATA: Didn’t you report on the Damien Martin shooting?
WOMAN: She did! (To Trisha) They’re talking about your man over here, girl.
ZAMATA: Was he free?
WOMAN: (To TV) To die! They killed his ass too.
DAMIEN: Another way is coming!
TRISHA: Would you stop?
WOMAN: (To Trisha) What? He dead ain’t he?
DAMIEN: I’ll stop when you listen. I know you feel what’s right.
ZAMATA: And what about that woman they strangled last night?
WOMAN: Was she free?
ZAMATA: And the baby they slaughtered last week?
NEWSWOMAN: Who is ‘They’?
ZAMATA: The land.
TRISHA, ZAMATA AND WOMAN: The free
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