New Play Lab Spotlight: Elise Donkor, writer of “Housecleaning”

New Play Lab Spotlight: Elise Donkor, writer of “Housecleaning”

What’s the title of your play?

Who’s directing your play?
Elena Flory – Barnes

What was the inspiration for the play?
My family is Ghanian-American. As African immigrants, we often found ourselves learning what it means to be black in this country. The African immigrant journey is full of ups and down and I wanted to articulate that through my characters Sisi and Ama.

What was the most challenging thing about writing your play?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking: “how am I going to fit all this in!” or “should I cut this out.” The best advice I received from this workshop is: stick close to the characters! Doing that has really improved my writing.

What is your writing background prior to New Play Lab?
I’m a playwriting newbie! I started taking playwriting courses at the Freehold theater last year and it’s been a great experience!


An excerpt of Housecleaning by Elise Donkor will be read/performed as part of Freehold’s Summer 2020 New Play Lab on Saturday, 9/12 at 7pm. For more information and to receive the link to this event, please contact Elizabeth Alm at 206-323-7499 or To sign up for Playwriting I or III this Fall at Freehold, go to