TyLie Shider is a 2020-21 Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow and an I Am Soul Playwright Resident at the National Black Theatre. His plays include Parable of the Backyard Roots (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Finalist), Bastard, Platform States of Mind and Talk. His work has been developed by Liberation Theatre Company, Dixon Place, La MaMa, Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Harlem 9, Homebase Theatre Collective, 3:5 Creative[s], Yendor Arts, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, Joust Theatre co., New York New Works Theater Festival, and The Theater Project. Awards include: Drama Desk from Delaware State University, and The Theater Project’s One-Act competition 2015 Best Play and Audience Favorite. Member: Dramatist Guild of America, 2018 Playwright in residence at the Liberation Theatre Company, 2019-20 Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow, and the 2020-21 The Civilians R&D Group. He holds a BA in journalism from Delaware State University and an MFA in playwriting from New York University.
In the house of the bloodguilty, in the wake of a recent murder, Dinah, the curious daughter of devout parents, conjures a vexed ghost who begs honor for the shame his murder engenders in heaven; but when her mother senses him, she urges Dinah to defend the family to ensure the release of her father from a system that echoes slavery. The allegorical drama examines familial and romantic soul ties to interrogate the history of justice in America and the nebulous relationship between God, Man, and Sin.