NEAT is a one-woman play, written by award-winning playwright Charlayne Woodard.
Based in the oral traditions of West Africa and the African Diaspora, Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. NEAT tells the story of the playwright’s memories of growing up with her beloved Aunt Beneatha (Neat).
As an infant Neat is denied treatment at the community’s “white” hospital which results in her permanent brain damage. Aunt Neat grows up to be simple and childlike but possesses a magnificent clarity. With her enormous love, energy and simplicity, Neat teaches Charlayne what it is to cherish life through the turbulent 1960s and 70s.
A compelling, portrait of a young woman's coming of age, NEAT is the story of an urban African-American girl bursting into adulthood, experiencing first love, and embracing both black-pride and feminism. An evening of pure joy, compelling insight and hopefulness, NEAT is an inspiration for every family. NEAT stars Marti Gobel, playing 24 different characters in this tour-de-force role.