Blackboard Reading Series Call For Black Playwrights To Submit Now! (NYC) — Blackboard Reading Series — AAPEX

Monday, January 26, 2009

Blackboard Reading Series Call For Black Playwrights To Submit Now! (NYC)


New 10 minute Plays by Black Playwrights during Black History Month, reflecting upon our nations historic decision and the new color of The White House.

The second COMMUNITY EVENING at the Blackboard Reading Series, a monthly reading series for Black Playwrights at the cell, will take place on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:30pm. Black Playwrights are asked to submit a ten-minute play surrounding the theme, "We have a Black President, So now what…"

Blackboard Readings Series (, began in September 2008 at the cell (, a new theatrical salon in Chelsea. Every 2nd Monday of the month, a new play by a Black playwright is read, followed by a twenty minute talk back.

Every third month of the series, there is a COMMUNITY EVENING, where any Black playwright can sign-up and bring an excerpt of a play up to ten pages. Their work is then cold-read by actors who attend the evening, giving the writer a chance to hear their work, maybe even for the first time. The audience is allowed one question after each reading at a COMMUNITY EVENING.

Blackboard Reading Series is still accepting Submissions for this evening of new and politically relevant work.

The GOALS of the Blackboard Reading Series:
1) To tell the stories of Black communities throughout the Diaspora.
2) To share the stories of Black communities throughout the Diaspora with a diverse audience.
3) To create a community of artists, producing new and challenging work that focuses on creating a canon for Black actors that leaves the actors wanting more and the audience wanting to discuss.

the cell
338 W. 23rd St. (b/t 8th and 9th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011

Free Admission
Donations Greatly Appreciated

About the cell
Founded in 2007, the cell theatre company's mission is to present interpretations of human existence that mine the mind, pierce the heart and touch the soul. Located at 23rd between 8th and 9th Ave, the cell is a performance salon, containing a number of resident companies, including the Center for Contemporary Opera. Since opening the doors of its current space in 2008, the cell has been host to artists, allowing them the chance to focus on their art, and becoming a place where artists can find a home to create when they have none.

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Contact: Garlia Cornelia Jones

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