Dinner & A Zoom

Dinner & A Zoom

Common Ground Theatre 

& MOXIE Theatre present



A Live Virtual Theatre series of plays Written by, Directed by, and Celebrating Black women.

MOXIE Theatre, dedicated to producing women+’s work, and Common Ground Theatre, San Diego’s premier Black theatre since 1964, joined forces to bring people together online to share a meal, witness the world premiere of new plays and build community.

Upcoming dates:
Dinner & A Zoom has closed.
THANK YOU for joining us!

Common Ground Theatre is working on a second iteration of Dinner & A Zoom presenting new work by male playwrights. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

And even though there are no more shows scheduled for the time being, you can still order a delicious dinner from on of our local Black-owned restaurant partners! Scroll down for the full list.


Show #1 | Closed

Breathtaking by Andréa Agosto

Directed by Sandra Ruiz
Starring: Jocelynn Johnston and Kimberly King
About: For years, Michelle has been making her Mama crazy with her heavy eye makeup and her animé obsession. But now that her mother is in the hospital struggling to breathe, and Michelle is on the verge of graduating at the top of her class, she extends an olive branch across the internet for a makeup lesson they’ll never forget.

Hair Waiting

by Niccole Nero Gaines

Directed by Yolanda Marie Franklin
Starring: Kandace Caine, Juanita Frederick, Erin Petersen, and Arielle Siler
About: The shop is closed but Naomi, Sandra, and surprise guest Becky, need help with their hair. Monica’s Zoom Hair Tutorial should be starting any minute…if only Monica would actually show up. In the meantime, Ma Bell arrives and the women learn a lot more about each other than their hair.






Show #2 | Closed

A Promise of New Life by Joy Yvonne Jones
Directed by Joy Yvonne Jones
Starring: Denise Griffin, Joy Yvonne Jones, Justin Lang, and Miki Vale
About: Ayesha is pregnant. What should be a time for celebration becomes rife with complexity as she and her husband Richard, a white police officer, are forced to face their cultural differences. Separated by COVID 19 and besieged by the realities of being Black in America, Richard and Ayesha look for common ground in counseling. A new life is imminent, how will it be greeted?

The Wedding Prep by A. D. Brown
Directed by Yolanda Marie Franklin
Starring: Portia Gregory, Arielle Siler, and Sherrell M. Tyler
About: Aunt Sarah’s only son is getting married today on Zoom. Janet has 3 pounds to lose in her face before the wedding starts, Danicka refuses to let her cousin turn the wedding into a man hunt and Aunt Sarah needs to know what to wear. If the three of them can manage to get on one call at the same time, maybe they can figure this thing out before the wedding bells ring.


Tickets are free, but reservations necessary. Only one reservation per household, valid for both plays. Once you submit your reservation, you’ll receive an email message from boxoffice@moxietheatre.com with the Zoom link. If you don’t see it, please check your SPAM and Promotion folders. If you still can’t find it, or for any other questions, contact us at boxoffice@moxietheatre.com or by phone at (858) 598 7620.

Donations are greatly appreciated and support our ability to pay the artists involved in this project.
Donate to MOXIE Donate to Common Ground


Restaurant Partners:


Ackee Tree | Jamaican Restaurant

Pick-up & delivery available | 5712 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 | ackeetreeja.com
Pick-up: Order by phone at (619) 450-6284
Delivery: order through Yelp

Bankhead Mississippi Style Cooking

Pick-up only | 8300 Paradise Valley Rd Ste 102-103, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Order at (619) 773-7269 or online at bankheadmsstyle.com

Cane Patch Kitchen | Southern Food

Pick-up only | Liberty Public Market, Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 | canepatchkitchensd.com
Order at (619) 203 – 7991

Gihon Ethiopian Kitchen

Pick-up & delivery available | 2432 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 | gihonsd.com
Pick-up: Order by phone at (619)295-1125
Delivery: order through Doordash

Louisiana Purchase | New Orleans Food

Pick-up only | 2305 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Order at (619) 255-8278 or online at louisianapurchasesd.com

One Love Island | Jamaican Restaurant

Pick-up & delivery available | 4225 Oceanside Blvd K, Oceanside, CA 92056 | oneloveislandcuisine.com
Pick-up: Order by phone at (760) 685-4618


We are still finalizing our partnerships and will add more restaurants as we go. We will send all ticket holders a recommended list of restaurants to order from in the days before performances. Should you be on our list of Black-Owned Restaurant partners? Contact devo@moxietheatre.com




What is Dinner & A Zoom?

A series of live performances streamed online using the Zoom Video Conference App.  The performances are live, the actors are professional and the experience is remarkable!

Where can I find the Zoom meeting link?

Reserve Your Spot

Once you make your reservation, you will receive an email message with the ZoomFest link and log in instructions. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, please search your inbox and spam folder for a message from MOXIE’s box office. If you still can’t find it – or for any other issue – contact us at boxoffice@moxietheatre.com or by phone at (858) 598 7620.

What are the technical requirements?

You will need to have the Zoom app on your device. If you don’t already have it, you can download it from the Apple or Google Play app stores. Alternatively, you can connect to the Zoom meeting on your browser. If you are not sure whether the Zoom app will work on your device, you can take this test.