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The Mojo and the Sayso

Aishah Rahman
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Inspired by the 1973 killing of a ten-year-old boy by New York City police, THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO is both a comic and dramatic study of the ways that people cope with the aftermath of terrible tragedy.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (1 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Aishah Rahman has written an original, engrossing, at times quite beautiful and moving [play].” —Alvin Klein, The New York Times

“Like some mythological monster, it’s got the head of a tragedy, the torso of a comedy, and the wings of a fantasy … it’s a very amusing beast … a strange and often hilarious study of the ways that people cope with the aftermath of tragedy … All of them are looking for a magic charm, a mojo — ‘something that will never fail to pull you through the hard times.’ THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO represents the triumph of Rahman’s fertile comic imagination …” —Jim Beckerman, News Tribune

About the Author


  • Aishah Rahman

    Aishah Rahman was born in Harlem on November 4, 1936 and died December 29, 2014 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. An accomplished playwright and author, Aishah was a Professor of Literary Arts and taught at Brown from 1992 – 2011. A graduate of Howard University and Goddard College, Rahman, along with Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal, Sonia Sanchez, and others was active in the 1960's Black Arts Movement. She described her writing as adhering to a "jazz aesthetic" and was the author of numerous plays, including the dramas UNFINISHED WOMEN CRY IN NO MAN'S LAND WHILE A BIRD DIES IN GILDED CAGE, THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO, ONLY IN AMERICA, CHIAROSCURO and three plays with music, LADY DAY A MUSICAL TRAGEDY, THE TALE OF MADAME ZORA and HAS ANYBODY SEEN MARIE LAVEAU? Her plays were produced at the Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, BAM and theaters and universities across the United States. She served as director of playwriting at the New Federal Theater in New York. Among her numerous fellowships, grants and awards are a special citation from the Rockefeller Foundation of the Arts for dedication to playwriting in the American Theater. Her plays are distributed by Broadway Play Publishing. Chewed Water: A Memoir, the story of growing up in Harlem in the 1940s and '50s, was published in 2001 by University of New England Press.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/1/2010
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881454628

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Crossroads Theater Company, New Brunswick NJ

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Mojo and the Sayso is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/3/2022 – 7/3/2022
Oakland Theater Project
Oakland, CA

5/13/2016 – 5/14/2016
Next Iteration Theater Company
Houston, TX


10/3/2020 – 10/3/2020
Black Olive Community Theatre
Chicago, IL

11/1/2019 – 11/1/2019
Hyde Park Community Players
Chicago, IL

11/14/2018 – 11/14/2018
Solid Lines Productions
Saint Louis, MO

3/8/2018 – 3/12/2018
Ccbc Performing Arts
Catonsville, MD