The She LA Summer Theatre Festival celebrates new, original, creative works by women playwrights and composers in Los Angeles.

Due to Covid-19, this year has seen all programmed shows being streamed online. The five shows programmed for this year’s festival include a performance of Ailema Sousa’s new play Fort Huachuca.

Sousa is an Angolan-born British actress and writer who graduated from the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2016. A previous winner of ‘The Most Promising Playwright’ award at the Los Angeles Fringe Festival (2018) whose second play Morongo was commissioned by the Inkwell Theatre Company for a staged reading, this year’s SheLA festival will see the debut of Sousa’s first full length staged play.

Set in segregated America in the 1940s, the play follows five African American women who enlist in the army to train as nurses, examining themes of racism and sexism. Talking with John Byrne in 2018, Sousa explained that she wrote Fort Huachuca because she was ‘constantly seeing a gap in the period productions I was watching: there were never any black women at the centre with prominent speaking roles’, but when she discovered the history of this American fort, she realised that this was the kind of story that she would want to go and see.

Fort Huachuca will be performed on July 18th at 2pm PST. Buy tickets and find out more here.