Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Broken Sticks of Justice

When I was in Erwin, Tennessee, I met a fellow who has written a most interesting book. Anthony is white but in high scool he sported an Afro and was often the target of racism. This is in a town that either lynched or ran out of town all it's black residents in 1917 and hasn't had a black resident since. Anthony's experience followed him beyond high school and gave him a very bizarre perspective on racism, which he has put into a book called BROKEN STICKS OF JUSTICE.

Jaz Dorsey

From the Press Release for BROKEN STICKS OF JUSTICE:

Not since Shindler’s List has a book been written that captures the core of hatred shown to a race of humans than exposed in Broken Sticks of Justice. The only problem, this isn’t Nazi Germany. The author, Anthony C. White, explores the life of a bi-racial man, Jeremiah Jacobs, who was a direct descendant of a group of African-Americans that were brutally forced from their homes amidst a blaze of murder and violence in 1918. This is the story of his fight for justice against a group of terrorists, The First Reich of the European-Aryan Nation, which had risen from within the same town where the murder of his ancestors had taken place. This book is about unadulterated justice in its truest form.

In Broken Sticks of Justice, the author attempts to answer the question, which are worse, racists or terrorist? In the first case you have terrorists that kill the innocent for a religious cause. On the other hand, you have racists that kill and hate the innocent because they have a different skin color with no cause. They’re both the darkest most pathetic side of humanity. Within the story line, the author also illustrates the parallels between racism and terrorism and how they still reach into modern society and destroy the lives of the innocent.

Contact: Anthony Curtis White
181 White Street
Erwin, TN 37650
anthonycurtiswhite@yahoo.comPhone (423)-735-5757 Cell (423)-388-9241

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The Workshop Theater Company
You are cordially invited to a Sunday@6 reading Series performance of

The Impotence of Being Earnest
A 21st century comedy of ill manners
Written by Owa
Directed by Kim Weston-Moran

In the
Jewel Box Theater East
312 West 36th Street 4th Floor
Sunday December 2, 2007@ 6 P.M.

Featuring: Kirt Harding, Kimberlyn Crawford, Victor Dickerson & Brandhyze Stanley-Owens.

Admission is Free Admission is Free Admission is Free Admission is Free Admission is Free

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Jaz Asks..."What is theater?"

What is theater:

Biologically speaking?
Theologically speaking?

Biologically theater is ( along with all art) the DNA of species memory.

Theologically theater is God's way of saying "This is how you look to me"

Neither God nor biology intended the gift of theater exclusively or
expressly for New Yorkers.

Talent is not a geographical phenomenon.

I put this into some lyrics once:

I pay my union dues
I read that Broadway news
I'm a natural ham
Still here I am
Singing those Manhattan Blues.

Jaz Dorsey
The African American Playwrights Exchange

Friday, November 23, 2007

Book Connye Florance and JAZZ RHAPSODY at your theatre

Jazz Rhapsody…a Southern Songbird's Tribute To The Legacy of Jazz . . . is a 90-minute mosaic of jazz music, American history, original poetry and theater. An inspiring journey through the legacy of jazz woven into a rich tapestry of spoken word and charismatic song.

Connye Florance paints a colorful portrait as a southern-born songstress exploring her life and heritage through America's jazz roots. An award-winning jazz ensemble and an intimate theatrical setting complete this engaging chronicle - featuring works by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Langston Hughes along with songs popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and others.

Click here for more information including a multimedia presentation and online booking.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Let's Get Real! December 1st (Charlotte)

Lionel Lee Jr. Center For Wellness
presents . . .
Let’s Get Real:
Sharing Our Stories—Sharing Our Strengths

Saturday, December 1, 2007
5:30 – 7:30pm

Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
Free Admission!

“There is power, freedom, and strength in our experiences. Unaddressed issues and the whispers of doubt grow in the dark and spread like cancer in the spirit, choking out emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. However, they die in the light of exposure; thereby, creating fertile ground that promotes good health and joy.” Stanice Anderson
Join us as Ms. Anderson shares vital medicine that is good for the heart and spirit! Leave your inhibitions at the door—LET’S GET REAL!

Stanice Anderson, Inspirational Speaker, Playwright and Author
I SAY A PRAYER FOR ME: One Woman’s Life of Faith and Triumph
Walk Worthy Press/Warner Books) and
12-STEP PROGRAMS: A Resource Guide for Helping Professionals
(Learning Publications)
“Stanice had me falling down laughing, crying, and stomping my feet. I was very energized, excited, and left eager for more. "-- Karen L.B. Evans, President & Founder, Black Women Playwrights Group

Seeking funky shorts from Louisville playwrights

From American Theatre Myspace, please read below for contact info.
Happy Thanksgiving, MT

Finnigan Productions is proud to announce its first Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, a festival of short plays from local playwrights, to be performed by local actors and directed by, yup, you guessed it, local directors. March 21-22nd at The Rudyard Kipling, 422W. Oak Street at 7:30pm. Finnigan Productions is now accepting original short plays to be considered for part of the line-up. The requirements are as follows: You've got to be local and the piece has to be funky. Send your original scripts to or Finnigan Productions, 1122 Carlisle Avenue, Louisville, KY 40215. Submissions must be received no later than December15th, 2007.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Filmmaker looking for African scripts/stories

Found on Craig's List:

WANTED: African Scripts/Stories
Reply to: gigs-484205697@craigslist.orgDate: 2007-11-19, 7:52PM PST

Hi Everyone!
I'm specifically seeking short scripts/stories dealing with AFRICAN issues other than AIDS and MIGRATION.
Please visit my website to view my work and feel free to contact me via email if you have material.
Thanks, Rich
Location: sfv
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: Will discuss PostingID: 484205697

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Loop searching for 10-minute plays and more!

The Loop is a free monthly newsletter dedicated to playwrights. It's link can be found under our "Resources" column on the right. We consider it one of the great tools available on the net for playwrights in search of FREE submissions of their work to theatres and contests. In fact, they will only publish free submission info. Besides that feature, it also comes with a monthly article written by its founder Gary Garrison that's always a great, fun, and inspiring read. We highly recommend you add it to your "Favorites." Now it is looking to add 10-minute plays among other things. To find out more, read the excerpt from a recent email below:

At the beginning of each month, you get a full issue of the Loop, with playwriting news, feature articles, writing exercises, rants, etc. In the middle of the month (like now), you get a "Lop," the Loop stripped of all its regular features and therefore, "lop-sided," until now. From this issue forward, we're going to feature ten-minute plays by you, or me, or my staff, our Loopers. Where will we find the material? Well, as we're out and about, meet you and see your work we might ask if we can publish it. Or maybe someone will recommend something to us. Or maybe you have something that you know is tried and true, and you'd like us to consider it. If so, send us a request for submission guidelines to . This issue we're featuring a terrific ten-minute play, The Fisherman, by Minneapolis writer, Jayme McGhan.
That's right, cowboys and cowgirls, we got merchandise! We've got cups, cap and THONGS. Okay, so we went a little crazy and had a few laughs, but you'll get a kick out of this.Let me tell you the most important reason we did this: I need money to help pay my staff because right now they're doing all this work almost for free. And I don't want to charge a subscription fee for the Loop. So we figured a way that might be easy on everyone's pocket book is to come up with some merchandise that you can purchase on-line at your discretion. Café Press (our vendor) takes a small percentage, and the rest will go to help pay for my staff's services. When you look at the store, you'll see most things ARE NOT reasonably priced – that's right, you read correctly. It's not reasonably priced because you're actually making a contribution to the Loop AND getting a little product in the process. I mean, is a cup with The Loop logo on it really worth $25? No, of course not. But you're buying a $5 cup and making a $20 contribution. AND, you don't have to buy a single thing and you'll still get The Loop. No shame, no guilt. We know money's tight for everyone. Finally, and read this carefully: there is a $200 messenger bag with "Script Critique." Obviously the bag is $25, but what you're really paying for is my eye on your play. I will give you a thorough, complete written analysis of your work, plus a follow-up phone call(s) to see how you're doing. I'm not going to do a lot of these (only ten), because I only have so much time to spend, so it really is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you choose to purchase this, you go to the store, and then you write to me at the and let me know you've done so. I'll take it from there. So here's the address; just cut and paste in your browser, or click here: Here's my promise to you: every penny made in the Loop Store goes to my existing staff (and maybe a new staff person – like a proof-reader!) to compensate them for their time. And it'll be a token compensation at that – a way of saying "thank you for your time" to Michelle, Mark, Chris, Patty and Joshua. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I wish you all peace, love and laughter.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Internet publication looking for announcements and theatre reviewers

GBM News ( is a new Internet publication catering to the interests of gay people of color. We are a non-profit site with both amateur and professional volunteer writers. Currently we publish weekly and have over 15,000 readers worldwide

Please send theatre announcements (the earlier the better). We would love to publish.

We are desperately looking for theatre reviewers. If you review shows, we would love to have you as one of our writers. If you know anyone who likes to review, please ask them to contact me at


Ralph Emerson

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

AAPEX Events 11/13 and 11/14 (NYC)

The African American Playwrights Exchange and The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14 for readings of 5 new works by AAPEX artists.

Tuesday, November 13

Written by Owa
Directed by Aixa Kendrick;
Starring Topaz and Victor Denzell Ramsey

Written and directed by Alan Sharpe
Starring Talmach White, Ricardo Fredrick Evans & Monte J. Wolfe

Music and lyrics by Francesca Blumenthal
Performed by Topaz

Written by Julia Press Simmons
Directed by Passion
Starring Pamela Monroe & Taqiyya Haden

Wednesday, November 14

Written and directed by Fernando Manon
Starring Ms. Staxx Cordero and Mr. Lawrence Floyd

Written by Ben Marshall
Directed by Abigail Ramsay
Starring Duane Allen, Tobi Kanter. Mark Hamlet, Brian Deutsch, & Dwayne A. Thomas

Both evenings begin with a reception at 6 pm, followed by the readings at 7 pm and will take place at the
LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13th Street, NYC

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online at or at the door

About the plays (all of which are sure to delight, amuse & provoke)

FUNNYLINGUS; While delivering a particularly edgy monologue, an actress is attacked by a priest.

AULD LANG SYNE: Plans to go to a New Year's Eve party are undone by a blizzard which shuts Washington, DC down. Instead, Lawrence Churchill gets a visit from an Ex with an agenda.

LIES OF HANDSOME MEN: The title says it all. This brilliant song by NYC songwriter Francesca Blumenthal has been recorded by, among others, legendary vocalist Cleo Laine. A legend in her own right, Topaz brings her own special genius to Francesca's masterpiece.

DOWN THERE: In her first work for the stage, poet Julia Press Simmons introduces us to two sisters who discuss exactly what it takes to hold on to a man.

YOU'RE GETTIN ME HOT: Getting in to Hell isn't as easy as it used to be. But there are still ways.

SIMPLE MAJORITIES: A U.S. Senator is backing an anti-gay marriage bill when his director of communications is outed on the internet by his ex-blogger-boyfriend. Everybody scrambles.

For more information on these playwrights and their work, conatct Jaz Dorsey at

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Reprisal of stage play MULATTO'S DILEMMA Thanksgiving Weekend Only!!!

And you thought Barack Obama had it bad?

If you missed it this summer, you don't have to miss it again! Mulatto's Dilemma is back at the Manhattan Theatre Source on November 23 and 24. Show time is 7:30pm Starring Juliette Fairley, the play is about a bi-racial woman who lived in the 1920s and traveled between the American South, Washington DC and France undecided as to whether she should marry a black or French man during a time when lynchings and Jim Crow were part of everyday life.Supporting cast includes Susan Neuffer, David Emani, Herman Eppert, Sakinah Garrett, William Sudan Mason. Written by Juliette Fairley, Directed by Jake Witlen, Produced by Diane Richards, Associate Produced by Quenton Hunt and David Emani. for ticket purchase, call 212-501-4751.

Jaz Dorsey
AAPEX Dramaturge
Mulatto's Dilemma

A story about looking for love and finding fate when black and white were forbidden to mate.…

Thanksgiving Weekend Only

An Equity Showcase produced and curated as part of the Manhattan Theatre Source PlayGround Development Series.

November 23-24, 2007 Friday and Saturday
Place: Manhattan Theatre Source
177 MacDougal Street near Washington Square Park
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm Showtime 8pm

Cast: Juliette Fairley, David Emani, Susan Neuffer, Herman Eppert, Sakinah Garrett Benjamin, William Sudan Mason.

Directed by Jake Witlen
Written by Juliette Fairley
Co-Produced by Diane Richards
Associate Producers: Quenton Hunt, David Emani

The story of Annique Brick, a bi-racial woman who lived in the 1920s traveling between the Harlem Renaissance and France undecided as to who to marry during a time when being black or white was a matter of life and death. With music from Bessie Smith, Edith Piaf and costumes from the Roaring Twenties.

For general ticket sales, please order with the box office 212-501-4751. Tickets are $15.

There will be an opening night cast party on Friday November 23 and a closing night cast party on Saturday, November 24. Location to be announced at the theatre.