Friday, February 29, 2008

Vagina Monologues with a Hollywood Celebrity Cast 3/1 (Nashville)

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Yetta Young Productions
"V-day Nashville"
Help stop the Violence against Women & Girls by supporting this benefit.
We sold out in DC now Nashville it's time for us to show our support!

Saturday, March 1st
8:00 PM

Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN

Hollywood Celebrity Cast Party
Saturday, March 1st
9:00 PM
1/2 Off Admission Price with
Ticket Stub from Play
($10 with stub/$20 without)

Hotel Indigo
1719 West End Ave
Nashville, TN

Proceeds to benefit Butterfly's Fly Free, Inc.

For more info, contact

THE BLACKS: A CLOWN SHOW 4/18-5/11 (Cleveland)

It's only a play...It's Only A Play...IT'S ONLY A PLAY......or is it?

This coming April, a black troupe (all Cleveland talent) hits the historical Karamu stage for four weeks, performing a ritual to the beats of Taco, Murray Head, Justine Timberlake, Leonard Cohen and a bonus song and dance routine during intermission JUST FOR YOU!

by Jean Genet

April 18 - May 11, 2008 (Arena)

Previews April 16th & 17th

The Blacks: A Clown Show was written in 1958 at the request of a black actor. But Jean Genet, a white, French novelist and playwright (The Balcony), wrote the drama focusing on a troupe of black actors, who come together to perform a ritual that requires the corpse of a white woman. Originally written for an all-black cast, The Blacks offered a new voice to American theatre. Elevating the careers for the late Roscoe Lee Browne, James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou, Louis Gosset Jr., Cicely Tyson, Raymond St. Jasques and Godfrey Cambridge. It won an Obie for Best Off Broadway play in 1961, becoming one of the longest running non-musicals (three years) to ever hit the stage. It still remains just as shocking and relevant today.

NOTE: Audience members will be given mask to wear for this production provided by ushers. Do not come alone and dare you come late. Discretion is advised due to content, language, and, unexpected audience interaction.

Jason Dixon: Archibald Absalom Wellington
Joseph Primes: Deodatus Village
Janette Tate: Adelaide Bobo
Neal Hodges: Diouf
Erin Neal: Augusta Snow
Saidah Mitchell: Felicity Trollop Pardon
Andrea Belser: Stephanie Virtue Secret-rose Diop
Michael Brown Jr.: Edgar Alas Newport News

Jason Walker: Missionary
Dwayne Owens: Judge
Vernon Reed-Bullock: Governor
Morris Cammon: Queen
Doug Pratt: Valet

Directed by Terrence Spivey
Stage Manager: Geri Harris
Special Choreography: Dianne McIntyre
Co-Choreography: Terrence Spivey
Technical Director: Richard Morris Jr.
Set Design: John Konopka
Costumes/Mask: Harold Crawford
Light/Sound Design: Richard Morris Jr.

Friday, February 22, 2008

LADY DAY at Tennessee State U 3/27-4/6 (Nashville)

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The Theatre Program in the Department of Communications at
Tennessee State University
announces its 2008 Spring Main Stage Production of
Opening at the
TSU Performing Arts Center Cox/Lewis Theater
on Thursday, March 28, 2008 at 7:30PM and running through April 6th.
Curtain Times on Thursday's through Saturday's are at 7:30PM
with Sunday's Curtain Time at 3PM.
The time is 1959. The place is Emerson's Bar & Grill. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
Director Lawrence James says, "In this production, we get a journey through Billie's life through her music and poignant poetic storytelling. In the midst of a turbulent and demanding life, singing and her music was the salvation of Billie Holiday. Her music is a celebration of her life."
"... Evokes all the sordidness of a woman entirely shaped by suffering.... By the end ... one is filled with an unexpected joy.... Robertson's play is a spare, shrewdly constructed piece."
-- N.Y. Times.
"Hurts and exhilarates in just the right proportions."
-- New York Magazine.
"Original and riveting."
-- London Times.
"A searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant."
-- On Stage.
"Billie Holiday: "the greatest jazz singer of all times."
-- B. Marseilles.
Don't miss it!

The Cox/Lewis Theater is a 400 seat, state-of-the-art facility located in the beautiful Performing Arts Building on the Tennessee State University campus.
For tickets and information call 615- 963-5809.
For group rates (15 persons or more) or discounts call 615-963-2535.
CONTACT: Lawrence James
Tennessee State University
Fax: 615-963-5805
Tickets to LADY DAY at Emerson's Bar & Grill
are $10 for the general public;
$7 for TSU Faculty & Staff and
$4 for students with I.D.
Please note that this production includes adult themes and language.
Showtimes: Week One: Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, March 30, at 3:00 p.m.
Week Two: Thursday, April 3, through Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m.
Directions: The Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center Cox/Lewis Theater is located on Albion Street. From I-40 West, Exit 28th Avenue Go straight through traffic Light onto Albion Street. Turn Right at 2nd Stop sign (35th Avenue North). Turn Left into Lot H. The Performing Arts Center is the building with the white fins.
For more information, please call:
Barry Scott
Sponsored by the American Negro Playwright Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee.

Monday, February 18, 2008


AAPEX is proud to announce a new service to our PUBLISHED playwrights. In our continued effort to encourage AAPEX playwrights to become more pro-active on their careers and writing, we have made searching for and buying a play much easier. A new permanent link will be added to the right side of our website that will allow anyone searching for one of your PUBLISHED plays to be able to purchase it in a few easy steps. For those who are published playwrights, please send art, a short synopsis and the url link to your publisher/page to Jaz Dorsey at Please advise if the play is for all audiences or not, its length, awards, etc.

Abolitionist Place Fundraiser 2/29 (NYC)

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227 Abolitionist Place

Home of Brooklyn’s Abolitionist Movement

Help support the creation of an Independent museum/cultural center

for the celebration of American history and Brooklyn ’s resistance to slavery

Friday, February 29th

7:00 to 10:00 PM


Danny Simmons'

Corridor Gallery

227 Abolitionist Place (a.k.a. 227 Duffield Street ) was the home of Abolitionist Thomas and Harriet Lee-Truesdell; located in Downtown Brooklyn between the Fulton Mall and Willoughby Street (Metro Tech). The area was an enclave of Abolitionist activity at a time when most New Yorkers supported slavery. Ms. Joy Chatel, the owner and resident of 227, in 2004 uncovered a wooden door which led to the actual tunnel that was an active part of the historical Underground Railroad. After South Carolina , New York was the largest slave holding state in the nation and second to the last to abolish slavery. New Jersey was the last.

Joy Chatel, decided to turn her home into a museum to celebrate the inspiring history of the Truesdells, Abolitionist Place/Duffield Street , and the surrounding areas. Dozens of historians have concluded that in addition to abolition activity, the home represents the most exciting site for Underground Railroad research. Through the improper use of eminent domain, the New York City Economic Development Corporation planned to confiscate and destroy the home to build an underground parking lot. After almost four years of advocacy, November 28, 2007 marks the day the city granted a reversal of condemnation leaving the owner to pursue her vision.

The greatest achievement of protecting 227 Abolitionist Place was recognized by many publications as one of the most important New York stories of 2007. It is an inspiration to all New Yorkers who want sensible and respectful development.

The Current Situation:
While 227 Abolitionist Place in no longer threatened with the wrecking ball, many difficult structural and financial challenges remain. We have launched a massive and ongoing fundraising drive to secure the safety of 227 Abolitionist Place to bring the Museum/Cultural center to fruition.

Our Vision for the Future:
We want to share the history of the brave people who believed in freedom at the time when our country went astray. This is not only good for Brooklyn— this is good for United States.

We want to create an independent museum, not reliant on the whims of politicians or developers. We will mark a vital spot recognizing the First non-violent act of civil disobedience ever to take place.

Downtown Brooklyn is quickly becoming a generic land of high-rise luxury condos and hotels. It is more than that— it remains a community of people who believe that humans cannot be bought and sold. We have a chance to turn 227 Abolitionist Place into an important cultural/education attraction for Downtown Brooklyn. More importantly, people will feel, touch, see and smell what freedom seekers went through to secure freedom for all.
We should stand proud of our history. Only with your help can we make this a reality.


Contact Information:
718-643-1385 / 347-731-5481227

Juliette Fairley's MULATTO'S DILEMMA advances to Semi-Finals in Strawberry One Act Festival

Actress/playwright Juliette Fairley, who will be working with AAPEX as Billie Holiday in our reading of Hershell Norwood's BILLIE'S BLUES TONIGHT AT MAMAS JAM, is enjoying her own success with her show MULATTO'S DILEMMA. Please see the press release below and if you are in New York, please support Juliette. And plan to join us on March 19 at 1 pm at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South for the reading of Norwood's play

You will also be able to see MULATTO'S DILEMMA online and to cast your vote for the show in the Strawberry One Act festival competition. I will forward the link in a separate email. Jaz.

Mulatto's Dilemma Advances to Semi-Finals in Strawberry One Act Festival

February 17, 2008—The Strawberry One Act Festival Director Van Dirk Fisher announced today that Mulatto's Dilemma is advancing to the festival's semi-finals performing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday Feb. 20 at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54 Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. Show time is 7:30pm.
"It's an honor to have the opportunity to perform this character again," said Juliette Fairley, who wrote the play and portrays the lead role of Annique Brick. Mulatto's Dilemma is about a bi-racial woman who lived in the 1920s and traveled between the American South, the Harlem Renaissance and France while struggling with racism from white bigots, snobbism from the black bourgeoisie, and chauvinism from men.
Cast includes Amaalah El-Amin, Danny Boushebel, Kelvin Hale, Sheldon Shaw and Susan Neuffer.
The play features music from Bessie Smith, Edith Piaf and authentic costumes from the Roaring Twenties. Mulatto's Dilemma will compete against 4 other plays in semi-final series 3.
For comp press or industry tickets, please call 646-623-3488 to RSVP.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

AAPEX's James Scruggs new play (RUS)H 2/27-3/22 (NYC)

by James Scruggs & Kristin Marting
February 27 - March 22, Wed. - Sat.
Tix: $18 / $15 students with ID

AN INTIMATE PSYCHOSEXUAL MYSTERY Piece together a fragmented memory trail revealing the hedonistic reality that lies just beneath our everyday existence. As three lives descend into a violent underworld of extreme pleasures--set to throbbing Latin beats--(RUS)H asks the question: "How far are you willing to go to feel something?"
Text and Video James Scruggs
Direction Kristin Marting
Marc Bovino*, chandra thomas*, Dax Valdes, Luis Vega, Lathrop Walker*
Media Effects Hal Eagar
Environment Michael O'Reilly
Music Steve Adorno
Choreography Anabella Lenzu
Fight Choreography Qui Nguyen
Lighting Design Christopher Brown
Sound Design Matthew Tennie
Costume Design Chris Rumery

The story of (RUS)H:
Rus, a handsome African-American, suffers from déjà vécu - a persistent sense of déjà vu that makes every moment of his life seem as if it has already been lived. Feeling lost in a labyrinth of repeating, distorted memories and bored by his marriage to a beautiful singer and dancer (Sirene), Rus yearns to spread his wings. Then a seemingly random car accident connects Rus to Sonny, a gay hustler whose crystal meth addiction has left him unable to feel any real pleasure. Rus, drawn like a moth to the flame, begins a descent on the down low into a world of drugs, sex and violence that will inevitably lead to death. However, when it is Sonny that ends up dead, Rus becomes the prime target of a police investigation that forces him and Sirene to face the past and its consequences. But is he a killer? Told in a fragmented psychological timeline like the Nolan Brother's film MEMENTO, this gripping narrative is infused with movement and music inspired by Salsa and Tango and visualized with immersive media, using layered video projections and wireless video screens manipulated in Bunraku-style by video puppeteers.

Presented off-site at
3LD Center for Arts & Technology
80 Greenwich St. at Rector St.;
Subway: 1 or R/W to Rector St. stop
*Member Actors' Equity Association

Friday, February 15, 2008

AAPEX call for scripts!

I am looking for an AMERICAN play (relatively contemporary) for 4 women to take to the Fringe. HELP!!!!Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you even know of something that is written for more (or less) than 4 but can be staged (however creative I may have to get) w/ 4 that is great too.
Dawn Monique Williams

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre seeking full-length plays Deadline: ASAP

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, an African American Theatre nestled in a thriving artistic and intellectual community in Evanston, Illinois, is seeking full length plays for its 2008 Reading Series of America's most dynamic playwrights under 30. Held every second Saturday of each month, (March 8 - December 12), FJT will feature profound stories from across the nation and partner with the best directors and performers in the area.

The theatre's twofold objective is to expose dynamic, emerging voices and ignite discussion among the community concerning cultural, political, social and philosophical issues across the American landscape.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is committed to exposing and encouraging the development of new writers of color and their works for the 21st Century.

As a professional theatre leader, we hope you can provide recommendations in support of this creative endeavor. Dramatists must be of color and between the ages of 16-29.

Time is sensitive, therefore, we humbly request scripts to be sent immediately as an e-copy or postal to the following addresses:



Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre 2008 Reading Series
c/o Ebony Joy
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201

For more information about Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and the 2008 Reading Series, please visit us at or contact artistic director, Ebony Joy at 847-448-8026

Thanks in Advance.


Shun Tucker
Shundrice Tucker, Theatre Program Supervisor
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
927 Noyes Street
Studio 223
Evanston, IL 60201

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

INVISIBLE KITCHEN Premiers 2/27 (Atlanta)

Plato Vision Pictures announces the Official Premiere of their film, Invisible Kitchen to be held Wednesday February 27, 2008 at the Relapse Theatre 380 14th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

When the fiery drama of three chefs moves from the kitchen into the daily pursuit of fortune and the love of a woman, passion soon cooks itself into a furious stew of lies, lust and lobster tails as the spectacle of the worlds first culinary feature film unfolds in the Invisible Kitchen.

The movie features Chris Burns of Sweet Home Alabama; Steve Warren of Drumline, Madea's Family Reunion, and The Signal; and comedian Shawty Shawty.

Dinner will be served by several of Atlanta's top chefs at 7 pm. The movie will start at 8 pm.

This is a FREE event, and seating is limited so RSVP today at


Take 75/85 to 14th Street .
Go West on 14th Street .
0.4 miles turn left on Mecaslin Street .
Immediate left, for rear parking lot

Cedric T. Bradley
RSVP Email:

Join Francesca Sanders for a reading of her play RIDE THE RUSTLING WHEAT 3/3 (NYC)

Please join me for a reading of my play:

Ride The Rustling Wheat
By Francesca Sanders
Directed by Jose Zayas Jr.
Produced by New Professional Theatre
March 3rd
7 p.m.
The New 42nd Street Studios
229 W 42nd Street (between 8th and 9th)

Who has the right to teach African-American studies? Clea, a singing slave brought to Kansas in 1854 knows the answer. As does Steven A. Douglas, author of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Even Lee-Von, a college student, has his answer. It’s only Laurie, a brand new teacher hired for her first job, who’s not even sure of the question. When Harvard professor, Kwalmie Kandutta shows up, steeped in credentials, how is it he only seems to blur the lines, not illuminate them? Come join this musical journey between time and place and you just might discover who you really are at the end of the dusty trail.

AAPEX seeking Miami actor for FUNNYLINGUS by Owa

Seeking an actor based in Miami to play a priest in a reading of FUNNYLINGUS by NYC based absurdist playwright Owa. Please respond to Jaz Dorsey, Dramaturg, the African American Playwrights Exchange at _jazmn47@aol. com_


New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW)

is pleased to announce its next round of

Artists of Color Fellowships.

Currently available:

Emerging Artists of Color Fellowships

- A total of four (4) one-year fellowships for directors, playwrights, and/or designers

Resident Artists of Color Fellowships

- One (1) two-year fellowship in Artistic Leadership

Applications must be RECEIVED by March 14, 2008.

Please find attached the Calls for Applications, which contain complete fellowship descriptions and application procedures. They also are available on our website at We encourage you to forward and/or post this information widely.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Geoffrey Scott, Literary Associate
Jen Zoble, Director of Education

New York Theatre Workshop
83 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212.780.9037, x 311
Fax: 212.460.8996


AAPEX playwright and actress Juliette Fairley discusses her play MULATTO’S DILEMMA in Series H of the Strawberry One-Act Festival.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

AAPEX Singers Theater of Nashville casting for upcoming projects

The Singers Theater of Nashville
is now casting for upcoming projects.
By appointment. Contact Jaz Dorsey at 837-8777

Singers Theater is a division of AAPEX

RSVP ASAP AAPEX-SOAPIFF IKAM/Spelman Screenings 3/1 (Atlanta)

Join us ( even me!) in Atlanta for the AAPEX-SOAPIFFscreening at Spelman, presented by Carly Hurt & IKAM Productions. I think this would be an excellent occasion for everyone to meet, so I hope that all of you can come to Spelman for the screening of Passion's DRAMA MAMAS and Nathan Ross Freeman's MR. BONES - both award winners at last year's SOAPIFF (

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend. The screening will be in the afternoon.


In the Name of the Strange: Absurdism African American Style 2/24 (NYC)

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

AAPEX stages 3/19 reading at famed Players Club (NYC)

On Wednesday, March 19,
AAPEX has the honor of presenting a reading of
Hershell Norwood's play
at the famed
Player's Club
in New York City.
For those of you who are not familiar with this historical organization , see below.
For more information on this event, contact Jaz Dorsey, Dramaturg, AAPEX at

The Players, which is its proper name, is a social club founded in New York City by the famed 19th century Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth who purchased a magnificent 1847 mansion located at 16 Gramercy Park. During his lifetime, he reserved an upper floor for his home, turning the rest of the building over to the Clubhouse. Its interior and part of its exterior was designed by famed architect Stanford White. Known also as The Players Club, it was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. In 1989, women were invited to become fully participating members. The Players still maintains its entryway gaslights, among the few remaining examples in New York City.

Reasons for founding
On April 14, 1865, Edwin's younger brother John Wilkes, a popular actor, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, after which the life of his family, and all actors, changed. Understandably, they found themselves despised by the society of the time. Perhaps inspired by London's Garrick Club, Booth established a social club which would bring actors into contact with men of different professions such as industrialists, writers and other creative artists. The building was completely redesigned, furnished, equipped and decorated with Booth's personal possessions. When ready, a series of meetings was held, and a small group of founding fathers turned the place over to newly invited members in a grand ceremony on December 31, 1888. Thus The Players was born. The word "club" does not appear in the club's official name. In the title papers, it is stated that Edwin Booth should retain a furnished apartment for his own use where he could be left undisturbed as he wished. It was in that revered room on the third floor, remaining undisturbed still, that he died at 1 a.m. on a stormy night, June 7, 1893, aged 59.

Euripides' MEDEA featuring The TWAS Classical Actors of Color 2/15-3/2 at National Black Theatre (NYC)

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AAPEX: Work Sucks: And Evening of Satire at Cafe Out Loud 2/13 (Nashville)

Prater Productions and AAPEX

invite you to join us for a free event on

Wednesday, February 13

at 8pm at

Cafe Out Loud

1517 Church Street

Nashville, Tennessee

when we present readings of three short satires by AAPEX members and a short discourse on set design by German theater designer Sabine Schlunk. Pieces to be read are WORK SUCKS by Adrienne Dawes of Austin, Texas : A tragic tale of downsizing; YOU'RE GETTIN ME HOT by Fernando Manon of New York City: A cautionary tale that reminds us to think before we vote; DOWN THERE by Julia Press Simmons of Harrsiburg PA. : A little advice on how to keep your man happy.

Please RSVP to this email address if you plan to attend. Come to Nashville & Go to the Theater!

Jaz Dorsey


The African American Playwrights Exchange

Friday, February 8, 2008

Sparkplug and Miss Jonnie Mae at La Mama 2/18 (NYC)

Sparkplug and Miss Jonnie Mae

Written By
Directed By
Henry Miller

A larger-than-life work in a short two character play.
Sparkplug and Mis Jonnie Mae--- an amusing, gender bending absurdist romp in the fairyland of the mind. Seduction influenced by the effects of love on two lonely persons, creates a storm of events where the intervention of nature and conventions of conduct in 1930's Southern American Society exposes a heart wrenching dramatic impasse.


Scott Williams and Kyle Minshew

Black history month: electric Poetry
Hosted by William Electric Black at

La Mama Etc
74A East 4th St. NY, NY 10003
8 p.m. Monday February 18th 2008
Tickets $7.00

With special thanks to Kim Weson-Moran/Rhymcolors associate

RALPH BUNCHE screening at the National Arts Club 2/13 (NYC)

Please join us for a screening of William Greaves's award-winning documentary RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY on Wednesday, February 13, 2008, @ 7:45 p.m. at the National Arts Club, located at 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street). The screening is free and open to all and will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Ralph Bunche was the first person of color to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. Although Bunche achieved national and international acclaim for his work as a peacemaker, much of his legacy - in decolonization, human rights, scholarship as well as the critical role he played at the United Nations - has been largely misunderstood or forgotten. The film premiered on PBS in 2001 and was shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

This screening is sponsored by the President, Board of Governors and the Film Committee of the National Arts Club. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424

William Greaves has been producing films for over 40 years, including such classics as From These Roots and Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. Greaves has also been the recipient of many honors and awards, including an Emmy for his work as executive producer of the pioneering public television series, Black Journal.

Award-winning AAPEX Filmmakers get Spellman U screenings 3/1 (Atlanta)

Thanks to Carly Hurt, AAPEX member and artistic director of IKAM PRODUCTIONS in Atlanta, Ga. , two AAPEX film makers will enjoy a screening of their films at Spellman University on March 1st.

The films both won awards at last year's Southern Appalachian International Film Festival ( . DRAMA MAMAS, Passion's documentary about African American female stage directors, won special recognition in the documentary category, and Nathan Ross Freeman's MR. BONES won best drama and a couple of more.

Passion and Nathan are also hooked up on another project, as we are planning a New York reading of Nathan's stunning and evocative new play, HANNAH ELIAS, under Passion's direction.

Scroll down for more information on MR. BONES and check out the trailer for DRAMA MAMAS at