Six Rounds

by John ADEkoje


John ADEkoje

John Oluwole ADEkoje is a graduate of Humboldt State University where he earned a MFA in Dramatic Writing and a MA in Film Production.

John’s awards include being a national award winner of The Kennedy Center’s ACTF Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for the play StreetHawker; as well as the 2006 recipient of The Roxbury Film Festival’s Emerging local Filmmaker award for the documentary “Street Soldiers”, which also showed at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France, and The World Film Festival-Montreal.

Most recently John was the winner of the National Tri Annual New Play Competition for Professional Writers, has received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award for his documentary “Street Soldiers” and is a 2009-2010 Surdna Fellow. His short play “Love Jones” was produced at the Boston Fringe Festival- Company One, Boston Theatre Marathon, and the winner of the Strawberry One Act Festival –Hollywood.

Company One has also produced a full-length mounting of his play, “6 Rounds 6 Lessons” at the Boston Center For The Arts; he made his acting debut in Company One’s production of The Overwhelming by, J.T. Rogers; and most recently Boston Arts Academy mounted a workshop production of A Sing Song Show; John’s most recent work.

John is also a Playwright-In-Residence and Board Member at Company One, an Artist in Residence at UMASS Boston, and an Affiliate Artist at the Providence Black Repertory Company.

In 2010, John Oluwole ADEkoje was commissioned by ArtsEmerson for the inaugural season of ArtEmerson: A world on stage at the Paramount Theater and was also commissioned by Company One as one of the seven short plays produced as part of - the hit show, GRIMM. Script published by Playscript.

SIX ROUNDS the European premiere  by award-winning Boston

playwright John Oluwole ADEkoje at Lost Theatre on June 2011.

Playwright John Oluwole ADEkoje’s self-described “tragicomic hip-hop concerto” weaves an unconventional tale of Ace, a young black youth who makes tough decisions about life, love and guns in the reality of the streets.

Sarah James-Cyrus writes about Six Rounds in

“I have to congratulate you on a wonderful play. Excellently directed by you and as a result excellently executed by a youthful, vibrant and very talented cast.” Gordon Wedderburn @ PlayVybz

“Though stories of gun crime, race and ‘snitching’ are old territory, what is most fresh about the play is the way that Director Prav MJ presents the next generation of the family. The mysterious boy played by Caleb Frederick awaits his calling and has you guessing about his identity.”  Fiona McKinson @ UK Corner Theatre Reviews

Pete Le May photography 

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