The 3rd Annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival kicks off in August — Shades of Black Theatre Festival — AAPEX

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The 3rd Annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival kicks off in August

NASHVILLE (July 25, 2008) SistaStyle Productions, Dream 7 Theatre Productions and The Destiny Theatre Experience are re-teaming for the 3rd annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival at Nashville’s Darkhorse Theater. Film/television/stage actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (Malcolm X, What’s Love Got to Do With It) will serve as the festival’s special guest. On September, 20th, Stickney will facilitate an acting workshop and present her one-woman show, P.S. I’m Still Standing. The festival will officially kick off with an opening mixer on August 11. The Destiny Theatre Experience will kick off the shows with My Lover, My Best Friend & My Roommate, written by Shawn Whitsell and Melissa Hughley. The company will also close out the festival with Whitsell’s original piece Never Been Home. SistaStyle Productions will present 70% More, Mary McCallum’s highly-anticipated sequel to her run-away-hit, The 70% Club. Dream 7 will present Michael L. Walker’s gritty Smokin’ Room. Guest theatre companies, Geo Soul Theatre and Griot Theatre Ensemble will present George Darden’s Pieces of a Dream and Jacqueline Springfield’s Goin’ Back to Where I’ve Never Been, respectively.

“All of our main stage shows are original works by local playwrights that have never been produced before,” says Whitsell, one of the festival’s organizers. “That’s pretty exciting. We’re giving theatre-goers all new works this year. We’re also very excited about Phyllis Yvonne Stickney’s participation this year. She’s a very talented and versatile actress.”

Other events include, The Emerging Playwright Reading, a poetry jam, a night of locally produced short films and a number of workshops. The purpose of Shades of Black Theatre Festival is to provide an outlet for showcasing quality black theatre in the Nashville area. The festival will also serve as a platform for actors, directors, producers, writers, and theatre enthusiasts to learn, network and enjoy quality theatre. Tickets for all shows may be purchased for $15. All Shades of Black events will be held at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209. For a full listing of events, visit To reserve tickets, contact (615) 781-3904 or

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  1. Congratualtions to AAPEX members Greg Stallworth and his play "Trapped" and Nicole Kearney and her play, "What Doesn't Kill Us Only Makes Us Stronger" both of which will be included the EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT READING, as part of the 3rd Annual SHADES OF BLACK FESTIVAL. Also both plays and playwrights have been selected for readings in The New Light Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 3-5, 2008, in the Arnoff Theater.