Eisa Davis in Paul Festa's Apparition of the Eternal Church
San Francisco Bay Area native Eisa Davis is a playwright, singer and actor. In 2007 she appeared at New York's Public Theater in the world premiere of Passing Strange. Her play Bulrusher--nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize--was recently produced at New York's Urban Stages, and plays Berkeley's Ashby Stage this fall. Bulrusher is published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2006. The author of eight full-length plays, she is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Screen acting credits include the films Happenstance (HBO), The Architect, Confess, Robot Stories, and Brass Tacks. TV credits include episodes of "The Wire," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law and Order," and "Soul Food." Eisa has performed her original songs in New York at Joe's Pub, BAMCafé, The Whitney @ Altria, Makor, The Temple Bar in Santa Monica, and The Duncan Theater in Palm Beach, Florida.

Eisa and I were 19 when we first met at a party on Sullivan Street in New York. We met again a year later at Queen Latifah's New Year's show at the Kennel Club in San Francisco, then a few years after that on a country road in the middle of nowhere up the California coast. Perhaps ten years went by before we had to resort to making plans in order to see one another. I interviewed her at the Bar Nothing in 2004.