The Lower Bottom Playaz

ESt. 1999 

Founding Director Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga, MFA, PhD

Building community one story at a time.

From Gem of the Ocean through Radio Golf;The only troupe on earth to chronologically produce August Wilson's 10 Play Cycle American Century Cycle The originators of  Shakespeare in the Yard Series,(Shakespeare in the Hood)Ebony & Johnny and Mack: A Gangsta's Tale written about by Scott Newstock and TL Barnes in their academic coverage of urban adaptations of Shakespeare. We are the company that located the Black Canon in West Oakland by site specific adaptation --,Baldwin's Amen Corner and Hansberry's 'Raisin,' the creators of original theater, Mama at Twilight: Love by Death, Beyond the Bars, Mama's Letters. The presenters of  Oakland CA's first Black Arts Movement Theater Festival, Collective Acts

Producers of BAMBD's AFRO-FEST 2019  

We are more than entertainment. 

We are transformative theater.



Season18. Catch a Fire


The Lower Bottom Playaz

directed by 

Dr. A. Nzinga, MFA, PhD

Beyond the Bars:

Growing Home,

Charlie Levin's: The One Truthiness



1540 Broadway


produced by 

The Lower Bottom Playaz

We are more than entertainment. We are transformative theater.


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 Portrait of August Wilson by James Gayles. Owned by the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. Available for purchase. $3,500.00

We are more than entertainment. 

We are transformative theater.

Creating what we need from what we have been gifted since 1999.