Wednesday, December 31, 2008

AAPEX 2008 Round-Up and Wha's Up for 2009!

Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 31, 2008

The African American Playwrights Exchange 2008 Round-Up

Happy New Year, everybody. My big Christmas present was getting the Internet back up at home, so I have the pleasure of filling everyone in on what a great year 2008 was for AAPEX and where that is taking us in 2009. Thanks to our incredible network of artists in New York City, AAPEX has presented so many reading there over the last year or so that I'm losing track! And thanks to our growing network of NYC supporters, most of those reading have played to SRO houses. I especially have to thank my pastor, Doug Sanders of Otter Creek Church, and playwright Merrill Jones of Washington D.C. for getting me to the city for the readings of HANNAH ELIAS (by Nathan Ross Freeman) and Merrill's stunning new family drama MRS. STREETER. I wish I could have been there for the March reading of Hershell Norwood's BILLIES BLUES but I am seriously proud to announce that ALL THREE OF THESE PLAYS ARE GETTING PRODUCITONS IN 2009! And Mike Oatman's crazy new comedy THE CHITTLIN THIEF is being reviewed for the upcoming season at a Chicago theater. Mike has had FOUR readings of THE CHITTLIN THIEF since October of 2207 - AAPEX readings in Washington, DC, New York & Nashville and one he put together himself in his home base, Cleveland, Ohio - land of Karamu.

As a direct result of the AAPEX reading at The Players Club, BILLIE'S BLUES came into the hands of director/producer T. Bankole. Bankole put the play up in this past summer's Downtown Urban Theater Festival and now BILLIE'S BLUES is scheduled to open in Brooklyn at Long Island University at the beginning of February, 2009. As a direct result of the AAPEX reading of HANNAH ELIAS and the support of our great friend, LilIanne Klien - who has gotten us in to The Players Club on more than one occasion - I have managed to pitch a June production to my colleagues here in Nashville at the historical Darkhorse Theater. This production will star legendary Nashville actress Helen "Olaketi" Shute Pettaway and inaugurate The Olaketi Ensemble - an acting ensemble which is being founded to present the works of AAPEX artists. We are looking forward to a possible reading of HANNAH ELIAS at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University in February or March of 2009 and are excited to welcome Dr. Frank Dobson, who runs the center, as part of of the AAPEX network. Concurrent with plans for the November AAPEX reading of MRS. STREETER, Merrill Jones advised me that there will be an 8 week run at the Berkeley Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California, opening in March. And Dee Spencer, who was in the reading and who works for Continental Airlines, is pitching Gregory Carr's one woman show GIMME WINGS to her employer and else where. This industrious young actress has landed an opportunity to perform Carr's one woman show about four African American aviatrixes - aka pilots - at the Black Cultural Center in Orange, New Jersey. It has to go up before January 30, because Gregory and Dee are looking to enter it in the Larry Hamlin Solo Performance Series in Winston Salem at the National Black Theater Festival this summer. To be perfectly honest, folks, we could use some donations on this one, and Hazel Joyner Smith, Executive Director of the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, is going to provide the non-profit umbrella so that any donation will be tax deductible. Contact me if you wouldn't mind throwing a few bucks our way so I can pay Passion. And Gregory. And Dee. And Corene, so we can have a qulity video to send to Winston Salem. Passion - what can I say about this amazing lady or the other directors who have given AAPEX so much momentum? Check out Passion's film DRAMA MAMAS at Thanks to Thierry Saintine, who got BILLIE'S BLUES on it's feet, to Benard Cummings, who got us a reading of THE CHITTLIN THIEF at Stella Adler and to Ward Nixon for going the extra mile and for casting the fantastic Kimberly Munroe in the lead role. Congratulations to Karen Evans and The Black Women Playwrights' Group of Wasington, DC on their Chicago triumph. And to Hazel Joyner Smith and her daughters Ingrid and Ivy Brown for including a live stage performance as part of this year's film festival - and to Rev. Alvin Moore, the play's author, for successfully pitching it to a film studio ( more on that as it evolves), and to D.C. Copeland, another AAPEX writer who's getting some movie love when LaMont Caine of The Reserve Entertainment Group optioned his play ONCE UPON A TIME IN HARLEM for a 2010 production. And to 11 year old Mary Pat Hector in Atlanta, who's getting a tour of her play about dealing with child abuse - and who actually heard back from Oprah! Also coming in 2009: The Black Women's Stage Project: MADAM; THE C J WALKER MUSICAL by Adriana Rogers and Paul Johnson, starring Jewel Lucien as Madam C J Walker. WATERMELON SUSHI - the film by Yayoi Winfrey. Check it out at Finally, we're proud to say as this year comes to an end, AAPEX has 94 African American Playwrights and 81 African American Theatres listed on our website which makes us the source for everything in African American Theatre!

So - wha's up in 2009? If it's anything like 2008, A LOT!

Please make sure we post what you're doing in 2009 - especially in February and March. And if anybody knows the name of Michelle Obama's press secratary, please pass it my way. I am looking forward to interviewing her for Wanda Clay's Tennessee Style Magazine.

Jaz Dorsey

Five African American Women Playwrights Selected to Re-Write Shakespeare

Five African American women playwrights have been selected by the The Upstart Crow Project to join 32 other women playwrights to adapt all 37 of William Shakespeare's plays into a brand new contemporary canon which will be produced around the country in the 2012-2013 season.

The Upstart Crow Project is fundraising to commission 37 female American playwrights of diverse generational cultural and stylistic backgrounds. Women are criminally underrepresented on the American stage - this season in NY only 12.6% of new plays were the work of female writers. We all know by now that women are equal to men in terms of revolutionary spirit, creativity, complexity, humor, and yes, brilliance. Want to make a fierce political statement and an artistic statement at the same time? Your tax-deductible donation goes straight to commissioning a kickass play. This is some serious bang for your buck. Click here to visit the Upstart Crow Budget Page to learn more about what your donation will do and what you'll get in return.

To learn more about the five playwrights listed above, click their names under the "Playwrights and Members on the Web" listing on the right which links to their website. Including the 62 playwrights with an Internet presence, there are also 32 more African American playwrights listed bringing the total number to 94. Coupled with the 81 African American theatre companies (with web sites) around the country, it appears we may be in the Golden Age of African American theatre.

Source: The GirlieGirl Army

Ione Lloyd's BLACK TALE opens Thursday, January 29th (NYC)

Hello, AAPEX Community,
I'm an emerging playwright and I have a show coming up in NYC at the LGBT community center as a benefit to connect people of all races, ethnicities and sexual preferences to the dream of MLK. I have a 200 seat theatre to fill and would greatly appreciate any assistance you could offer in spreading the word. Please see below for more info.

Thank you and Happy New Year,

Black Tale
Thursday, January 29th
208 West 13th Street
Theatre 101
Presented by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
A Black Magic Women Will Put A Spell On You!

With Special Guest Star
Rae Dawn Chong
Written by
Ione Lloyd
Directed by
Renita Martin
Produced by
Rhythm Visions Production Company, Inc

6PM Reception with wine/light food and Female MC Showcase

Black Tale Begins Promptly at 7PM

Black Tale is a contemporary hip-hop fairytale centered on the Greek myth of Persephone or just another day in the hood. Black Tale enchants with poetry, movement, elements of Negro spirituals, mythology, classic parables, and nursery rhymes, transporting you to the not so far away land of Bed-Stuy "Do or Die" Brooklyn.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale now! Get 'em while the getting's good. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but advance sales are reccomended. For tickets go to
Black Tale will be presented as a benefit performance for the LGBT Center and in honor of MLK - to connect people of all races, ethnicities and sexual identities to the dream.
Peace and Love in the hood and everywhere
The Black Tale Fam

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mafia Short Script Competition (2/21 Deadline)

Pavaline's Mafia Short Script Competition is now open. "Write A Script We Can't Refuse" (Mafia Theme) Attention writers: Write a short script. Script must be between 5 - 20 pgs. Winner will be flown to New York for a production meeting, then flown to the set to watch their short script produced. Deadline for Mafia Short Script Competition is February 21, 2009. Visit us today for full details at: We are also accepting full feature screenplays (various) in our "Open Submission."

Please note: Entry fees range from $40 to $50.00 depending on whether or not you become a "member."

An Urban Short Film Script competition deadlines June 21, 2009.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Owa's Christmas Manifesto: Theater for the Bizarre

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Red Harlem Readers (NYC)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

TRU Voices Reading Series call for scripts

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Please note deadlines for submissions: For plays without a producer attached: 12/29/2008. For plays with a producer attached: 1/04/2009.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fee for Cringe Fest

Please note: there's a $25 fee for entering this festival, unless you're a member of the Dramatists' Guild, for whom the fee is waived. From the application form, it would appear that the fee applies to each title submitted.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cringe Fest Call for "Bad" Plays (NYC)

Since 2005, NY Artists Unlimited has been presenting a fall Bad Plays Festival and a summer Bad Musicals Festival. The '08 festival at the Producers' Club was the biggest one yet, attracting large audiences, producers, reviewers, and more. Liz Smith wrote it up three times in her columns in the Post and Variety. This festival has been covered by The New York Times, New York magazine, TimeOut, and other major media.

In '09, the various festivals will be combined into one big event taking place in two theatres under the umbrella of the International Cringe Fest.

Wanted are scripts/ films that are REALLY GOOD, HIGHLY ENTERTAINING, NICE 'n NAUGHTY: politically incorrect, political satire, bad language/ bad puns, or otherwise frowned upon by "polite" society. Writers vie for the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana (by audience vote). Preference: 5 to 45 mins., straight plays, musicals, and/or short films (films must be finished and on DVD). Produced/ unproduced. Style: comedy/ dramedy.

Submit: application, cover letter, resume(s) of all artists. In addition, for plays/ musicals: 5 or more copies (as needed) of script; for musicals: sheet music/ tapes/ CDs; for films: 2 DVDs only (no scripts). Support materials welcome but not required. Scripts read aloud/ films viewed 2-3 times before decisions made. NO SASE; submissions not returned. Guidelines/ app on website:

If you have further questions, email: Submissions will not be accepted from applicants who have not read guidelines and filled out application form. Deadline: 2/28/09. Response: by 5/01/09 or earlier.
Melba LaRose
Artistic Director
NY Artists Unlimited
212 West 14 St., Suite #2A
NYC 10011
Phone: 212-242-6036, fax: 212-989-8864

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dorsey Seeks Atlanta Co-Producer for New Musical

Jaz Dorsey, Dramaturg for The African American Playwrights Exchange, seeks an Atlanta based co-producer for an Equity showcase of a new musical. Should be familiar with Equity Showcase code and have a good working knowledge of Atlanta venues. Inquiries to

Jazz for Peace Comp Tixs Jan 3 & 4 (NYC)

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Red Harlem Readers Stories and Poems From Holidays Past (NYC)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

AAPEX Looking for LA Directors & Actresses

Jaz Dorsey, Dramaturg, The African American Playwrights Exchange, is seeking to develop contacts with directors and actresses who are based in Los Angeles.

Please contact by email at jazmn47@aol. com or by phone at 615-915-0891

Thursday, December 11, 2008

SMELL THE POWER Reading 12/14 (NYC)

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Red Harlem Readers Sunday Reading Series (NYC)

This week, amazing entertainment and free spice tea. Next week,amazing entertainment and free mulled wine. Join us and feel the joy!

For more information, please email us at:

Monday, December 8, 2008


Chicago Dramatists’ 4th Annual Many Voices Project is a national playwriting contest and Developmental showcase that embraces all playwrights of color. The Project seeks out, develops and showcases unproduced, full-length plays in English (or primarily in English) by U.S.A. residents who are playwrights of color, including, for instance, playwrights of African, Latin, Caribbean, Pacific Island, Asian, East Indian, Arab, and Native American descent. The Many Voices Project brings together several of Chicago’s race and ethnic-specific theatres, and culminates in a week of development (July 6 – 15, 2009) and a weekend festival of staged readings (July 16 – 18, 2009), plus $500 cash awards for the four selected playwrights.

PURPOSE: The Many Voices Project was created in response to Chicago Dramatists’ desire to work with more playwrights of color. It also is intended to provide opportunities to playwrights of color for new play development and for professional networking that may lead to productions of their plays, and to expand Chicago Dramatists’ relationships with race and ethnic-specific theatres. The long-range impact hopefully will expand and deepen the theatre’s relationships with all artists of color for years to come.

THEATRE PARTNERS: Many of the city’s race and ethnic-specific theatres participate as Theatre Partners, providing endorsement of the Project, artists for the readings, and dramaturgical support. Past partners have included: Congo Square, Teatro Luna, Rasaka Theatre Company, Silk Road Theatre Project, MPAACT, Urban Theatre Company, and Teatro Vista. Each of the participating playwrights also will receive a dramaturgical meeting with one of Chicago’s larger theatres.

PLAY SELECTION: Play readers consist of Chicago Dramatists’ Resident and Network Playwrights and staff. The final selection of plays is determined by the Artistic Director and the Project Director, as informed by the readers’ scoring. The main criteria for selection is the quality of the work, with secondary consideration given to the diversity of the racial and ethnic makeup of the playwrights selected.

Participant playwrights will be announced by May 15, 2009. Cash prizes awarded on July 18, 2009.

SUBMISSION RULES AND GUIDELINES: Submissions that do not adhere to the rules and guidelines will not be considered.
1. The contest is open to all playwrights of color who are U.S.A. residents, including, for instance, artists of African, Latin, Caribbean, Pacific Island, Asian, East Indian, Arab, and Native American descent. Any type of play and topic will be welcome (plays do not have to be about race or ethnicity).
2. Plays must be in English or primarily in English, unproduced (though readings and workshops are fine), and full-length (minimum 70 minutes).
3. Submitted plays must be in standard industry format and include a standard list of character descriptions/ages and how many actors are needed. Plays must be submitted either not bound or with three hole punch-type binding, although e-mail submission is preferred.
4. Include a one-page synopsis.
5. No musicals (though plays with music are fine) and no adaptations of works by other authors.
6. Include a playwright’s bio or resume.
7. Individual playwrights may submit no more than one full-length play.
8. Include SASP if notice of receipt is desired.
9. Submissions must specify the playwrights’ name, race or ethnicity, address, e-mail, and all phone numbers.
10. Submissions will not be returned.
11. The theatre will provide a travel and housing stipend for out-of-town playwrights.
12. All plays will be read at least twice, by different judges.
13. There is no submission fee.

E-mail submissions are strongly encouraged. All e-mail submissions must be sent as a ".pdf" file.
Submit by February 15, 2009 to:
Or mail submissions by February 15, 2009, (postmark deadline) to:

Ms. Ilesa Duncan
Many Voices Project Director
Chicago Dramatists
1105 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Please address all inquiries or questions to Ms. Duncan at the above address or email address above or at (312) 633-0630 ext. 4#.

Source: The Loop

Friday, December 5, 2008

AAPEX Black Women's' History Project

The African American Playwrights Exchange will dedicate 2009 to discovering and helping to promote unpublished plays which deal with the contributions that African American Women have made to U. S. history. Any playwrights who would be interested in communicating about thier work in this realm are invited to contact AAPEX dramaturg Jaz Dorsey at

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Red Harlem Readers new readings 12/7 & 12/14 (NYC)

A very solid and tasty serving of post holiday live drama, music, poetry and discussion. You will be very satisfied!

See you soon...

Monday, December 1, 2008

African American Theater Company call for scripts (LA)

Towne Street Theater, LA's premiere African American Theater Company, is soliciting scripts for it's 2009 staged reading series: TST on Tour. Five scripts will be chosen to be presented as staged readings at various theaters around town during the year.We are looking for plays and screenplays with universal themes - comedy, drama, mystery, sci-fi, war, chick flicks, etc. At this time please only submit a log line, synopsis, and brief letter of introduction. Submit to: Do not submit any attachments or full scripts at this time. More information about Towne Street Theater can be found on our website

Source: TRU

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fresh Fruit Festival call for new plays (NYC)

Fresh Fruit's 7th Annual International Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Arts and Culture is now accepting submissions. The deadline is 2/5, 2009.

The Annual Fresh Fruit Festival will be held in NYC in July, 2009. The Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBT lives as expressed in performance, dance, theatre, video, film, spoken word, visual and music arts. Full-length pieces will be presented a minimum of four performances. Visual pieces will be shown for the entire two week period. Shorter performance works will have a minimum of one or two performances. Notification by Mid-March.

FRESH FRUIT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT: Performance Venues; Publicity - flyers, press mailings, listings, email blasts; Advertising; On-line ticketing services; Production insurance; Limited tech and a dress rehearsal as determined by the technical director; Limited rehearsal space at the discretion of the technical director; Production staff: festival stage manager, light and sound technician, festival house manager; Sound system (2 tape decks or CD players, mixing board, amp, speakers, and 2 microphones run to the stage); Rep lighting plot with 1 “special” focused for each show; Front of house staff; Festival programs; Marketing.

For details and application:

Source: TRU

Savage Theater Company looking for New York playwright

Savage Theater Company is a new company looking to produce original works by a New York playwright. They're dedicated to putting artists' vision and expression on view, free from the social restraints of theater today. No subject is off-limits! Contact Savage Theater Company at

Source: TRU

Director Jessica McVea looking for unpublished plays! (NYC)

“A few of the theater companies I work for are interested in me directing previously unpublished plays. The plays are my choice, but they do need to be unpublished, which, of course, rules out going to The Drama Bookshop! Please send me any and all plays (I'd like to read some one-acts, too, as there is always a place for them!) at your convenience to We'll see what we can find!” Jessica has worked for Piper McKenzie, Prophecy Productions, Small Pond Entertainment and Manhattan Theatre Source, as well as having done a number of plays in the Fringe and Mitdtown Festivals.

Source: TRU

Galapagos Art Space is accepting submissions for full-length and one-act plays (NYC)

Beginning this fall, Galapagos will host a weekly reading series every Sunday afternoon. Playwrights will have one rehearsal with a Galapagos director and then hear their work out loud in front of an audience. Each week a different guest playwright, producer or industry professional will offer a critique, and all who attend will be encouraged to socialize after. Open to all genres. Every submission will be read and considered. Both electronic and hard copies accepted. Electronic submissions preferred. Please include a brief bio, letter of interest (including any production history of the script under submission), and the full script. Email materials to Mail scripts to: Galapagos Art Space, Attn: Reading Series, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

Source: TRU

Planet Connections Theater Festivity call for entries (NYC)

Planet Connections Theater Festivity will premiere in June 2009 as a new festival designed to promote awareness in the theatrical community about social and cultural issues. Formed by two Spotlight On Festival alums, Glory Bowen and Frank Calo, the festival will explore using theater as a tool for social change while connecting artists with new audiences in fun theatrical environment. The goals of the festival are to inspire people to get involved and fight for world causes. Application Deadline is 1/15. For more information and to apply, please visit the website:

Source: TRU

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center welcomes submissions! (Chicago)

The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, a non-Equity theater just outside of Chicago, has been running for 31 years and produces six shows a season including three musicals. JPAC has a particular focus on new work and has presented the Chicago Premiere productions of The Baker's Wife, Blood Brothers, Jekyll & Hyde and We Will Rock You as well as the North American Premiere production of Metropolis and the World Premiere productions of Danger Will Robinson! and Mr. Showbiz. JPAC welcomes submissions of new musicals and plays. Materials can be sent to Eddie Sugarman c/o Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 South Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804.

Source: TRU

2009 Midtown International Theatre Festival call for new plays (NYC)

The 2009 Midtown International Theatre Festival is now accepting for early decision! Visit to download an application.

Why You Should Apply: Great exposure and networking: Last year Intimate Exchanges was picked up for a run in London's West End, and Exit Cuckoo found an Off-Broadway producer. More individual attention and assistance: Our festival has a high ratio of paid staff per participant, so expert help is near by when you have questions or need help. Flexible financial plans can help you make a higher return on each ticket sold. Parties: We offer free space and a case of beer for your opening-night party, and we have an awards ceremony after the Festival. Reviewers: We get extensive coverage from New York's critical corps. Reviews are posted on our Web site.

Why You Should Apply NOW: Early approval: We'll let you know sooner that you're in the Festival, so you can start planning the myriad details of your production. We give priority to scheduling requests made by early applicants. The MITF seeks an eclectic and diverse collection of works and therefore welcomes all kinds of submissions: international, domestic, musicals, plays, experimental, multi-media, etc.

Source: TRU

Downtown Urban Theater Festival 2009 call for new works (NYC)

After another successful summer, the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) returns for its seventh season to accept new works from playwrights. Although the dates of the festival are yet to be determined, this annual event will showcase a two-week celebration of urban theatrical expression by a cross-section of emerging playwrights whose work is underrepresented in American Theatre in NYC. For the past three years, the legendary Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, has been the venue of choice to host the festival, however, for DUTF 2009, the staff will be considering other venues.

Below are submission details.

For DUTF 2009, the staff will accept twelve theatrical works; six full-length productions (60-90 minutes) and six shorts (30-45 minutes). Each work is performed only once during the festival. Three of the outstanding works produced during the festival will receive $1,000 in cash in the following categories of Best Play, Best Short and Audience Awards.

Please forward all materials to Marie Denise Jean-Louis,, by 5pm on Friday, 12/19, or via mail at Downtown Urban Theater Festival, c/o Arcos Communications, 341 West 38th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Must include: biography with contact information of the playwright’s name, address, telephone number and email address, and photo; synopsis of theatrical work; complete script of theatrical work; biographies of actors, director, and crew, if available; description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting).

Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) has been recognized as one of the world’s best festivals for new works and described as “not only prestigious, but a slice of heaven for playwrights who want the chance to freely express themselves” (Theater Festivals, 2005). From an inclusive, multicultural perspective, DUTF presents works that echo the true spirit of urban life and speak to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. It has been a catalyst and an outlet for some of NYC’s most vibrant and creative playwrights and has presented 64 original theatrical works for more than 7,000 urban theater-goers.

Source: TRU

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Essential Theatre's Reading Series wants YOU! (DC)

The Essential Theatre
S. Robert Morgan,
Founder/Artistic Director

You Are Invited!

The Artistic Community is cordially invited to closed table readings of new and current plays in development in The Essential Theatre’s New Play Reading Series. There is no admission requirement. Space is limited and all interested artists, literary personnel and invited guests are asked to RSVP by calling (202) 328-0569 or by E-mailing. All table readings will be held in room 221 of the, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library located at 901 G Street, NW, on the following dates:

Monday, December 1st 6:00 P.M.
Stuck in Winnemucca
Robert Alexander
Reading of third draft

Monday December 8th 6:00 P.M.
Blues Theme for Talladega
Cornell Calhoun, III
Reading of first draft

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is accessible by metro rail using the red, green or yellow lines via Gallery Place using the Galleries exit at 9th and G streets and the blue, orange and red lines trains to Metro Center using the 11th & G streets exit. The library also has free underground parking that can be accessed via 10th street and G Place. All interested artistic and literary personnel are asked to RSVP by calling (202) 328-0569 or E-mail through the click-through above.

About The New Play Reading Series

The New Play Reading Series is created to give voice to the work of new and established playwrights. It is in substance an incubator that serves to nurture the work for a three-year period in a supportive and collaborative environment with other artisans, actors and directors. Further, it is a forum where audience members are welcomed to engage in an open dialogue with the playwright and director about the issues presented in the material as well as techniques used to present them. The New Play Reading Series was initiated in the spring of 1992.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The FreeGirl Foundation Seeks Playwright

Reply to:
Date: 2008-11-26, 3:04PM EST

Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that affects the health and economic stability of women, their families, and their communities.

At an individual level, gender-based violence and coercion is a gross violation of human rights. Moreover, a society that tolerates violence against women— where women are denied basic human rights and protection under the law, and where perpetrators of violence go unpunished — is not a just, stable society.

The FreeGirl Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, was created to eliminate the dehumanization of women by promoting awareness and the prevention of gender-based violence and to empower women and girls everywhere. The FreeGirl Foundation is working to improve the quality of life of females by advancing their independence, security, education, health, self-reliance and freedom.

We are currently looking to create a theatrical production titled "FreeGirl" that will be based around gender based violence and will be an endeavor that will help us create awareness and at the same time put our foundation on the map. We are looking to identify a talented and proven playwright who believes in our mission that can help us brainstorm a plot and craft a script, dialogue, music, relevant issues/conflicts/ and character developement within the play. One of our team members is a multi-optioned screenwriter so you would have creative support and it would be a collaborative effort.

The finished project would make its rounds locally with the ultimate goal of it becoming a national major production along the lines of the Vagina Monologues or something similar.

Net profits will go to support The FreeGirl Foundation. If interested in helping us make the world a safer place for women and girls everywhere please visit us at and email Ron at

Source: Craig's List

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Coalition of Theatres of Color Invites you to a free public hearing addressing the impact of the financial crisis on Theatres of Color (NYC)

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To RSVP, call CTC Recording Secretary Kathryn Giaimo at 718-729-3880 or email her at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Meet The Red Harlem Readers

From l to r: Jawanza Bakari, Zay Pierre Louis, Jr., Kybali Craig read “The Passage: Stories from the Maafa” by Jawanza Bakari.

The Red Harlem Readers (RHR) is dedicated to provide a venue for established and new writers and actors; as well as to engage the community in the literary arts through concert readings of plays, poetry, essays and short stories. The discussion that follows intends to provide a stimulating atmosphere of networking and further collaboration.

As told to us by our neighbors "RED HARLEM" became a joking way, among Indian people who lived here 30-40 yrs. ago, to describe an active and thriving Native American community between 106th and 110th including Morningside Heights. The Red Harlem Readers takes its name from those Native American people who lived and worked in this neighborhood.

RHR was co-founded in May 2007 by Richard Gaffield, Cordis Heard and Laurence Holder because they felt the need to provide a space where writers could hear works they were developing before interested and involved audiences. Ronald Wyche became an associate in the early Fall of that year and has been a very important contributor of weekly events, talent and audience. We've been reading poems, plays, screenplays, essays and novels almost every Sunday since; that's 67 pieces the first year and 20 pieces so far this season. Laurence left last summer to start another reading space further uptown.

The Indian Cafe on Broadway between 107th and 108th is a natural fit. The bar area on any given night offers challenging discussion and the Sunday afternoon readings with discussion following is a logical offshoot. One of the owners, Chander Malik is a NYC bollywood film producer and very generous with their staff and Indian spiced tea. We started reading around tables in the smaller loft area and the owners suggested we move the readings to the larger enclosed sidewalk cafe area. We've read the plays of Edward Albee, Anton Chekov, Laurence Holder, Elaine Jackson, Henry D. Miller, Owa, Lanford Wilson and Ronald Wyche. Poetry by Jawanza Bakari, Count Stovall and Sonia Sanchez has been read by the authors and Elain Graham, Yaa Asantewa, Jacqueline Gregg and many many others.

From l to r: Co-director Ronald Wyche, M. Ndigo Washington and Jawanza work on the introductions.

To participate as writer, director, actor reader and/or arts administrator, please email us:

Co-directors: Richard Gaffield, Ronald Wyche
Associates: Debi Frame, Anne Geffel, Cordis Heard

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Exciting News from Columbus!

Maurice Hines has been named as artistic director of the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, which is the vital center of Columbus' African-American community. Hines visited the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute earlier this year, as the Institute became the Lincoln Theatre Archive. He was particularly impressed by the presence of the African-American Playwrights Exchange Archive at the Institute, and by the rich holdings documenting the work of African-American theatre artists in the Institute. There will be extensive collaborations between the Lincoln Theatre, the Lawrence and Lee Institute, and Ohio State's Department of Theatre.

The Lincoln was opened in November 1928 as the Ogden Theatre and Ballroom. It was built through a collaboration between local African-American real estate owner and entrepreneur Al Jackson, African-American fraternal organization the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, and African-American construction company owner Carl Anderson. Jackson was determined to provide the community with a theatre which catered specifically to African-American patrons and performers, and engaged the fraternal organization to manage it and Carl Anderson to build it.

The name was changed to the Lincoln Theatre in 1938, and over the years, hosted jazz greats including Madame Rose Brown, Harry Edison, Tiny Bradshaw, Stomp Gordon, Hank Marr, and Rusty Bryant, along with legends such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Etta James, James Brown, and Columbus native Nancy Wilson. One of the most notable pieces of history was the debut of a three-year-old Sammy Davis Jr., who ran on stage to dance at the Lincoln in his first recorded performance.

The Lincoln was abandoned in the early 1970s and sat empty for three decades. Now owned by the City of Columbus, the theatre is undergoing an $11,000,000 restoration, and is a major factor in the revitalizing of the King-Lincoln District, the center of the historically African-American neighborhood in Columbus. The theatre is home to the Jazz Arts Group, and houses concerts, classes, and many community events, including productions from the Columbus Childrens' Theatre. Hines will helm three productions at the Lincoln Theatre each year in the genres of musical theatre, dance and concert performance, all in collaboration with local African-American performance artists and groups in residence at the Lincoln. Also while in Columbus, Hines will hold a jazz/hip hop dance workshop for young people.

The Lincoln Theatre is managed by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA); for more information on the Lincoln and its history, visit

Friday, November 14, 2008

An AAPEX Testimonial from Von Washington, Artistic Director, WPI

I have been writing Plays that shed light on the African / African American experience for more than 35 years. Although I have experienced some success with having them produced by local, non-profession, and college theatres on numerous occasions, I have had a very difficult time, being a non-New Yorker, getting the attention of professional theatres to view and consider my work. More importantly, I have never had a space that I could consult that listed the theatres particularly interested in the African /African American experience in the world. Now, thanks to insightful individuals associated with AAPEX, I have a place to go to find out what is happening and what is available for those of us who are interested in the African / African-American experience in the world community. I check it daily and I am proud to be a member. It has provided me with numerous outlets for my work and the work of others. I hope they never go away and I want everyone to find out about them. And most importantly, I hope all the theatres of the world find an interest in the creations of African Americans and give them a chance to be included in the theatres of the world.

Von H. Washington, Sr., Ph. D
Artistic Director, WPI
Dir, Multicultural Theatre, WMU

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Final two weeks for The Summer House at the Passage Theatre Company (Trenton)

"...The Summer House is well acted.
The dialogue throughout is crisp.
(It's) neatly calculated to be both mystifying and satisfying."
— By Simon Saltzman,

Learn more and how to buy tickets at:

Christina Cottles writes and directs new play A SUNDAY MORNING KIND OF GAL (LA)


Written and Directed by Christina Cottles
Produced by Faye Bernard
Lynne Conner, Darius Dudley, Amentha Dymally, Jwaundace Candece, Leigh Jonte, Christian Blane, Jacqui Colston, and Mark Anthony Williams
Presented by West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Fine Arts Bldg., Room 100 (Fine Arts Theatre)
(Near Jefferson Ave.) Park in Lot # 7
(southeast corner of campus – near entrance)
WHEN: December 4, 5, 6, 2008 –
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
December 7, 2008 – Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
2 hours and a 15 minutes intermission between acts.
This is the story of four black women living under the same roof and the struggle of one of these women who must choose between fulfilling her own needs or that of her family’s while being haunted by the specter of a mother who deserted her as a child.
About the Playwright and Director:
Christina Cottles was born in Southern Louisiana, and raised in Los Angeles, where she earned a degree from U.S.C. in English and Broadcasting. She worked briefly in broadcasting news as a reporter in Mississippi and Louisiana, then returned to California where she decided to pursue her first love—dramatic writing. Christina was chosen to participate in the Warner Brothers Writers Comedy Workshop and the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Workshop sponsored by Bill Cosby. She’s been a writer’s trainee for the Writer’s Guild of America West, and has been a finalist twice in the Disney Writers Fellowship Program. She’s won writing awards from the Organization of Black Screenwriters and The Writer’s Workshop’s Ethnic Minority Screenwriting Contest. Christina says her inspiration for writing A Sunday Morning Kind of Gal emanates from her desire to pursue her passions in life and from advice her mother often gives her, "Stop talking and write it down!"
The Cast includes Lynne Conner (Bones of Lesser Men), Darius Dudley (Section 8), Amentha Dymally (Reunion at Bartersville) , Jwaundace Candece, Leigh Jonte, Christian Blaine, Jacqui Colston, and Mark Anthony Williams (Black Angels Over Tuskegee).
Don’t miss this entertaining story of one family.
a new play – 1 weekend only - December 4, 5, 6, and 7th at
West L.A. College
Thank you for supporting LA Theatre...Take wings...soar!
If you are interested in this production and would like a press package sent to you, please call the press agent, Publicity4you at 818.749.9695

AAPEX's Aurin Squire main writer on "Bodega Ave."

Hello everyone,

The article on Bodega Ave. came out today in the Viva section of the New York Daily News. Here is the link:

Thanks so much for all your help!

Tatiana has also gotten on Telemundo talking about Bodega Ave. The show's called "Las Comadres Con Gloria B" and it airs 5am to 6am Mon-Fri. The Bodega Ave. bit aired Mon Nov 3/08. It can be found here:

And her "What is a lesbian woman"? bit aired Oct 30/08:

Spread the word!
Best, Aurin

Sunday, November 9, 2008

NYC Theatre Company Seeking Plays

We are a new NYC- based theatre company looking for original CONTEMPORARY NON-MUSICAL works to be considered for our upcoming production seasons. Please submit copy of script with cover letter and contact information in digital or hard-copy formats. Submit to: OR InProximity Theatre Company 666 Greenwich Street PH 21 NYC 10014

Friday, November 7, 2008


Deadline: 12-01-08 (Postmarked or Delivered by)

Material: Full-Length or One-Act Plays
Staged readings of new plays, each one produced for an audience and accompanied by a production critique with audience participation. Selected plays may also be considered for production in the Department’s theatre season.

*Entries must be original full-length or one-act plays which have neither been produced nor published. (NOTE: Special interest will be given to scripts that increase awareness of health disparities that exist among African Americans and other minority groups in the U.S. ).
* Each playwright may submit only one script.
*Scripts must be typewritten or word processed and securely bound within a cover.
*Title page must include name, street and email (if applicable) addresses and phone number(s).
*Each script must be accompanied by two (2) stamped, self-addressed business envelopes.
*All playwrights will be notified when plays selected for staged readings are announced in March. One to three staged readings will occur in the spring (depending on length of plays).
*Only scripts selected for staged readings will receive critiques. Critiques will follow staged readings and involve audience participation. Playwrights must be present for critiques.
* The NCCU Department of Theatre reserves the right to accept or reject any play submitted.
* Scripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. All entries will be handled with extreme care, but North Carolina Central University is not responsible for lost or damaged scripts.
* Scripts should be mailed or delivered by December 1 to:
ATT: Karen Dacons -Brock
Department of Theatre
P.O. Box 19593
North Carolina Central University
Durham , North Carolina 27707

or Office 106, Communications Building , corner of Fayetteville and Lawson Streets, NCCU campus.

SELECTION PROCESS: Selection of scripts for staged readings will be made by a panel of select NCCU theatre faculty and a Theatre Alumni Association member. North Carolina Central University reserves the right to use the names of the plays and the authors’ names in publicity and promotion. North Carolina Central University reserves the right to videotape staged readings for archival purposes.

Source: The Loop


Deadline: 12-01-08

Material: Full-Length Plays
Dedicated to the discovery and nurturing of new playwrights and new plays. Professionally staged readings will be conducted of three selected plays from those submitted to the series. The playwrights will be invited to be present at these readings and honored at a reception following. One or more of the plays may be included in the regular season with a full production on the main stage.

*Plays which have been produced professionally are ineligible. (Eligibility not affected by workshops, readings, community or academic production)
*Plays must be full length
*No musicals or children’s plays are accepted at this time
*Please include with the script, a synopsis of the play, a character breakdown, production requirements, time and place, a production history, and playwright’s biography.

SUBMISSIONS: Submit plays by December 1, 2008. Please note: Any plays submitted after this date will be considered for the following year’s series. Selected plays will be announced by February 1, 2009 and staged readings will take place in the spring. Three playwrights will receive an honorarium. Check our website for exact production dates and announcement of selected plays. Mail hard copies of plays or letters of inquiry to the address below: manuscripts will be returned only if accompanied by self addressed and stamped envelope; acknowledgement of receipt only with enclosed SASE or postcard.

Eudora Welty New Play Series
New Stage Theatre
1100 Carlisle Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Source: The Loop


Deadline: 12-01-08

Material: Plays by African-American Playwrights
The annual playwriting contest sponsored by Columbia College Chicago Theater Center. Nationally acclaimed for recognizing the outstanding individual accomplishments of African-American playwrights, along with their growing importance to the shape and direction of American drama in our time.

The goals of the contest are as follows: To uncover and identify new African-American plays addressing the African-American experience that are promising and producible; To encourage and aid playwrights in the development of promising scripts; To offer an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights of African-American descent to be exposed to Chicago’s professional theater community through staged readings and/or fully mounted productions.

For more information on the submission process, and prizes, please contact contest facilitator, Chuck Smith at 312.344.6136.

Source: The Loop


Deadline: 11-15-09

Material: Plays
The Lark is committed to providing access to all writers, regardless of age, ethnicity, experience, or whether they have agent representation. The Open Access Program ensures that the Lark’s programming reflects both global and U.S. ethnic diversity. The Lark distributes a call for submissions to the industry-at-large, seeking new plays and new voices, and the work is then carefully reviewed by a volunteer committee of readers, the Literary Wing, and the highest-ranking work is showcased in an annual Playwrights’ Week Festival. A submission to this annual festival is the ONLY way that the Lark is able to support unsolicited play submissions.
* Given that one of the primary goals of our open access program is to increase the number of writers we serve, alumni who have previously presented in a Barebones, Playwrights’ Workshop, Studio Retreat, Playwrights’ Week, or Public Reading are not eligible to submit.

Please download application at and mail completed submission materials to:

Lark Play Development Center
c/o Literary Wing Submission
939 Eighth Avenue, Suite 301
New York, NY 10019

Please note that all applications should be typed. Incomplete submission materials will be discarded!

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST: One full length play. One completed application form.

*No more than ONE FULL-LENGTH play per playwright will be considered.
*List only the play title on the cover page-no personal information.
*Please do not submit unbound scripts or permanent spiral binding.
*We prefer scripts bound in clear plastic covers.
*Double-sided pages are appreciated if possible.
*Do not attach application materials to script.
*Each submitting playwright should expect a final response by summer 2009.
*Please, no calls to the office.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email:

*Works that are ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical.
*Works that reveal unheard and vital perspectives.
*Authors with clear goals about their writing who are open to the Lark’s developmental process.

Source: The Loop


Deadline: 11-14-08

Material: One-Act and Full Length Plays (with political vision)
We are now accepting applications into our Residency for Black Playwrights. The residency begins in Fall 2008 and lasts through August 2009. It entails:
- A commission to write a new play that features a Black LGBT protagonist.
- Entry into Freedom Trains Play Development Workshop.
- Two (2) staged reading performances of each work at Fire! New Play Festival in August 2009.
- Facilitation of The Open Workshop, a playwright’s salon where writers bring in work to receive feedback from their peers and Resident Playwrights.
- Freedom Train hosting an Offstage Series Discussion around the socio-political issues of each playwrights new work. - An honorarium.

By the end of 2008, our second year, we will have supported the development of eight new plays and political theatre. And in alignment with the Train’s goal to besiege NYC theatre with our distinct worldview, former resident playwrights have gone on to Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Program, Emerging Artists Theater’s One Woman Standing Performance Series, and Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Residency.

The Residency Selection Committee weighs the following key application areas in their judgment: strength of writing and form, the playwright’s vision for political theatre, and prior production experience.

- Submit an one-act or full-length play. This should showcase your theatre aesthetic, writing, and vision for political theatre. It does not have to be a work that has a Black LGBT protagonist.
- Submit a play synopsis of the one-act or full-length play (75 word max).
- Submit a resume detailing your playwriting experience. Also, please include any teaching artist experience or background as a playwright within any formal or informal writer’s group or workshop.
- Submit a playwright statement (2 pages max) detailing: (1) your goals for the residency and (2) tell us about the play you plan to write by sharing the central struggle or any dramaturgical research or your impetus/drive behind writing the play. Finally, (3) share how you plan to structure and facilitate a session of The Open Workshop.
- Applicants should send materials via email (.doc files only) by Friday, November 14th, 2008 to:

QUESTIONS: Direct questions to or visit our website www. No phone calls please.
Source: The Loop

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Color Takes A Holiday! The world is forever different today!

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Congratulations, Mr. President! The world is already a better place because of what happened yesterday. God bless you, Michelle and the girls and may His angels protect and guide you.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Miami's Tarell Alvin McCraney gets produced everywhere-- except Miami

One of Miami's much-honored play-writing sons, Tarell Alvin McCraney, will see all three of his buzz-generating Brother/Sister Plays -- The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet -- produced at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., this spring. In support of the ambitious project, the McCarter has just been awarded $90,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts' Outstanding New American Play Project, one of only two grants bestowed in the program's first year.
With multiple productions of his work around the United States and in Great Britain, McCraney -- who is also an international writer in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company through 2010 -- continues building his reputation as one of theater's most promising new voices. Producers in his hometown, however, have yet to present any of his plays. Directed by Tina Landau, In the Red and Brown Water runs April 24-June 21 with the other two (directed by Robert O'Hara) joining it in repertory May 14-June 21. For information, visit

Source: Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

Friday, October 31, 2008

Looking for someone to write an occasional theater related column, blog or review

Riveting Riffs Magazine is looking for an individual (s) who would be willing to contribute the occasional column, review or blog to our magazine, We are not paying for this but we are offering a barter system that has worked quite well for our writers who are employed in the music industry. This works best for actors, playwrights or directors who are looking to increase their visibility, in this case in the theater communities. We offer in return a head shot at the top of the piece, your name on the written piece, a three to four line bio at the bottom of the piece and a link or links to your websites. At the bottom of this posting I will provide links where you can view some of our guest bloggers and columnists' past contributions. Riveting Riffs Magazine is primarily a multi-genre music magazine whose interviews and reviews are regularly included within the press kits and press releases for Grammy Award winners and nominees, as well as emerging talent. We also publish theater and film content. We enjoy full press privileges with Warner Bros. Pictures and some smaller but critically acclaimed studios. Our film reviews regularly appear on IMDB's website. We have found that by cross pollinating fans of theater, film and music, we have broadened our audience substantially. Our reader demographics are: 87% American, 5% European, 2% Australian, 2% Canadian and 4% other countries. These are links to some of the contributed blogs, columns and music reviews that we have published. If you scroll to the bottom of each, you will find the bios etc.
We will require you to submit an example of your writing.

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues at Crossroads 11/6-16 (New Brunswick)

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Scene Study Classes with The Spirited Actor's Tracey Moore (NYC)

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There is still time to join between today and next Wednesday.
Chautaqua Collins
Chief Operations Officer
The Spirited Actor, Inc

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Baraka & Bullins with Fletcher Opens Tonight thru November 9th (NYC)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crossroads Theatre Company Benefit Saturday, November 1st (New Brunswick)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wrapped The Musical

Winner of the National Music Theater Network's 2008 Director's Choice Award, Wrapped The Musical is a brand new hip-hop musical that just premiered in the New York Musical Festival's Developmental Series.

Click here to check out the New York Musical Festival's page for a short synopsis and to listen to some songs from Wrapped The Musical.

MRS. STREETER Saturday, November 1st (NYC)

MRS. STREETER: a reading
Saturday, November 1
7:30 pm
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue
Room 401

The African American Playwrights Exchange invites you to join us on Saturday, November 1st for the NYC reading of MRS. STREETER, a startling, award-winning new family drama dealing with African American, feminist and gay themes by Washinton, D C playwright Merrill D. Jones. Come meet the playwright and join director Ward Nixon, stage manager Tobi Kanter and a stellar cast featuring Kimberly Munroe, Fulton Hodges, Lawrence Floyd, Dee Spencer, Michael Munroe, Robyne Cone, Valarie Tekosky and Terrence Epps, as they remind us that "You're not here to make up for every bad thing that happened to your mother." Hosted by AAPEX dramaturg Jaz Dorsey. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP ASAP to

Friday, October 17, 2008

AAPEX Writer Norwood's BILLIE'S BLUES to Raise Funds for Barak 10/18 (NYC)

Dear People,
Please come ready for an exciting night of live performances, great wine and good people. The silent auction will start as soon as the event begins. We are looking forward to seeing you, and supporting Barack Obama in his quest for the President of the United Sates, while promoting Hershell Norwoods' play, Billie's Blues.
Smile & laugh often,
Press Release
York, NY, October 1, 2008 -- On October 18th, 2008, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Nkiru watches will host a silent auction fundraiser of its prestigious timepieces in the Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery to benefit playwright Hershell Norwoods' play Billie's Blues. The benefit, entitled "Time on Our Hands," is named after a Billie Holiday song, and will raise funds for the new play "Billie's Blues," written by playwright Hershell Norwood. The play tells the story of the legendary artist's interpersonal struggles and shows the viewer a place filled with frustration and fear, mixed with musical elements that foster possibilities and joy. Her art became her life, and this play will give the audience a true sense of her experiences. "Billie's Blues" is produced by Mugendai Entertainment, a production company based in New York City, and directed by co-founder Bankolé.The event hosted by "Billie's Blues'" producer Jackie Jeffries and director Bankolé, on October 18th will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery located at 334 Grand St, Brooklyn NY. Billie Holiday songs will be performed by Celiné Justice, who stars as Billie Holiday in the play. Danny Simmons, himself a bigsupporter of Bankolé, and an owner of an Nkiru timepiece, invites the public to participate in the festivities and good spirits of the night. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation ( and to The Barak Obama campaign.

Contact: Nina Ziefvert
The Corridor Gallery

Stephanie Williams(To RSVP)

AAPEX Writer Owa's JAIL Opens 10/21 at Workshop Theater Comp (NYC)

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Dr. Howard Owa Jackson
in partnership with
Diva on Parade Productions
Workshop Theater Company
A series of 5 short plays about long term detention
written by

Jail is not your ordinary cops and robbers crime story. Jail is a collection of
five short plays, all fictional but inspired by current events. It explores the minds of
men and women over the edge and in crisis. They collide head-on with fractured
faith, self -consuming sex, perverse politics and yes, real honest-to-goodness

Directed by
Patricia R. Floyd, Passion, Scottie Davis, Domingo Martin, and Jeff Glaser

Cecily Benjamin, Bryan Webster, Nedra McClyde, Tom Martin,
Scott Williams, Bill Growney, ..Georgia Southern, Penn
Lucy McMichael, Marcel Torres, and Isaac Schinazi

Stage managed by
Zidana Bell

October 21, 22 and 23 at 3pm
The Workshop Theater
312 W. 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue
Reservations strongly suggested, as seating is limited.

Essential Theater Presents a "Celebration of Women" starting October 25th (DC)

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

AAPEX Writer Owa gets read at WE ARE THE PEOPLE (NYC)

Roy Arias Studios & Theaters
We ARE the People Reading Series 2008
at the
Roy Arias Studios & Theaters
300 West 43rd Street – 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(between 8th & 9th Avenues).

The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
(although DONATIONS are kindly ACCEPTED)

Producer Roy Arias Studios & Theaters along with Artistic Director, Herb Donaldson (Palaver Tree Theater), present work from local and national artists that speak to the current political, social, and global issues that surround the upcoming Presidential Election. Guest WRITERS include: Dominic Taylor, Evan Guilford-Blake, J.D. Hanagan, Owa, Stephen Baily, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Michael Niederman, Jamal Williams, Paul Cohen, France Luc Benson, Ann G. Bauer, David Beckett, Lew Riley, Joe Thristino, Cindy Pierre, J.B. Pravda, and Jesse Tendler. Guest DIRECTORS include: James R. Jaworski, Antoinette Broderick, Kim Weston-Moran, Patricia Floyd, Passion, Matt Morrow, others TBA.

Fridays / Oct. 24, 31 - 6pm
Saturdays / Oct. 25, Nov. 1 - 2pm
Herb Donaldson

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Stagefright: A Literary Cabaret at The Players Club Halloween Night (NYC)

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The Southern Writers' Theater and The African American Playwrights Exchange invite you to join us at 7pm on Friday, October 31 in the library of The Player's Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC for
a special pre-Halloween party event which fuses two poems by Edgar Alan Poe with one tale of (political) horror by AAPEX playwright Fernando Manon.
Poe may not have written much for the stage, but theater was definitely in his blood. Both of his parents were actors. That being the case, why didn't he write more plays?
Maybe he had... STAGEFRIGHT?
Was it the untimely death of his talented mother which left him orphaned at the age of three? Was it the horrible Richmond theater fire which consumed the lives and bodies of everyone in the theater that night? Do these tragedies resonate in his work (e.g. The Fall of the House of Usher; The Bells)? But even if he didn't write scripts, Poe's work has provided an endless source of material for actors. Where would Vincent Price be without him? Are his poems poems - or are they MONOLOGUES? And has his work not served as a profound source of inspiration for writers of stage, radio, television and film who have encountered his work since his death in 1849.
Join us, if you dare, for a brief sojourn with Poe himself (Jared Reinmuth) in the library of the renowned Player's Club. Let our hostess, Liliane Klein, turn you on to that monster THE CONQUERER WORM (is he talking about the theater?), and experience one of the most horrible horrors of all time as the Devil (Staxx Cordero) and a "really bad dude" (Lawrence Floyd) debate just what it takes for a man to have to go to h**l in Fernando Manon's classic political satire YOU'RE GETTING ME HOT.
And then THE RAVEN flies.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP ASAP to

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Aurin Squire's "Friendly Fire" at Blackboard Reading Series Monday, October 13th

The Blackboard Reading Series asked for a political play and got one: Aurin Squire's "Friendly Fire."

AURIN SQUIRE is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Opa Locka, Florida. His plays have been produced over 30 times in the last few years and won numerous awards in Florida, New York, and Illinois. He graduated with honors from Northwestern University and completed his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. In the past he's worked as a radio journalist, magazine editor and crime reporter for publications like Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald. His cartoon series,, is based around the Brooklyn neighborhood where he currently lives. Bodega Ave. has been featured on LATV, Catalina, Ambiente, and the New York Daily News.

Disgruntled and dismissed, an embittered veteran group of intelligence and defense workers begin playing a hypothetical game of revenge that quickly spins out of control. "Friendly Fire" is a dark comedy that takes aim at this nation's biggest threat in the 21st century: ourselves.

There will be a twenty minute talk-back following the reading.
~Donations Greatly Appreciated~
The Blackboard Reading Series is a new reading series devoted to Black Playwrights, finding its home at thecell, in New York City. The series runs the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30pm. Please visit our website and join our group on Facebook!

Directions to thecell:
Take the C, E to 23rd street and head west to 338 W. 23rd (b/t 8th and 9th Avenues)
See you Monday!-- BlackBoard Reading Series
2nd Mondays
the cell theatre
338 W. 23rd (23rd b/t 8th and 9th Ave.)

Check out Travel Bound magazine's story on African American theatre!

Travel Bound magazine, "The Official Magazine of the African American Travel Conference," has a terrific feature story on African American theatre in its September/October 2008 issue. Written by Herb Sparrow, you can read it here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Doorway Arts Ensemble Theater seeks submissions

Material: Full Length Plays
Deadline: Open

Doorway Arts Ensemble Theater Company (DAE) is seeking submissions of new plays for future productions. We are looking to produce one full-length play and several staged readings of plays in various venues throughout the Washington, DC metro area each year. DAE will also consider submission of plays for fringe festivals in Washington, DC and New York. Submissions considered must be new plays or a creative, contemporary interpretation of a well-known play (any genre). We welcome all types of small scale productions including plays which incorporate dance, and music. Material that is in development and has been produced as part of a staged reading workshop or in any public venue with reviews will be accepted.

Plays with small casts ( 4 or less) will be considered for full productions. Plays with larger cast sizes will be considered for staged readings or full production as budget permits. All work will continue to receive further development prior to public performance. Playwrights must be able to commit to hard deadlines. All workshop readings and rehearsals will be held in Washington, DC and writers must be present for readings as needed. Playwrights outside of the Washington, DC area will need to provide own housing.

Each submission must contain:
*One script with numbered pages and cover page
*Contact information (links to personal web sites are not acceptable)
*Playwright’s bio including any awards
*Short play synopsis: not to exceed one paragraph
*A list of characters
*Play reviews
*History of play production
*Submissions maybe done electronically as a MS word attachment to, or mailed on standard CD in MS word format along with a SASP to acknowledge receipt of your
materials. Entries that are incomplete or do not conform to the requested format will not receive consideration.

Please visit our website here for more information.
Source: The Loop