The Incrementalist

An O+G World Premiere

STARTS APR 15, 2022

By Cleavon Smith
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

Now Playing through May 15
Available to Stream
May 10–15

Runtime: 2 hours
There will be a ten-minute intermission


View The Incrementalist program here: 

Award-winning playwright Cleavon Smith (The Flats, an Aurora audio drama) was named Aurora’s Originate+Generate 2021 commissioned artist. In Smith’s world premiere play, Thomas, a highly regarded public intellectual and author, is brought to the University of California at Berkeley campus to help facilitate conversations concerning extrajudicial police violence. A member of the UCB Black Student Union was violently beaten by an officer while peacefully protesting and the students find themselves rejecting Thomas’ middle-ground, #NotAllCops rhetoric. Miriam and Raz, leaders of the BSU, want immediate action, radical reform, and are sick-and-tired of having to rely on a corrupt system for justice. Nina, the Vice Chancellor of the University, is caught between the demands of the students to shut Thomas down, and loyalty to Thomas, her dearest friend from graduate school.

Cleavon Smith is a “Rock star local playwright.”

All shows will be presented live in our space if health conditions allow, otherwise streamed to your home on video.

The Incrementalist
Post Show Discussions

Friday, April 22
Tuesday, April 26
Wednesday, May 4
Thursday, May 12

Please join us for a discussion of Aurora's production of The Incrementalist by Cleavon Smith, hosted after the show on the select days above. Discussion host, Dawn Monique Williams, may be joined by the actor, director, community members, and or local storytellers.

Check out our Aurora Connects interview
with The Incrementalist Playwright,
Cleavon Smith