Friday, August 29, 2008

Blackboard Reading Series Begins 9/8 (NYC)

Blackboard, a reading series devoted to the Black Playwright will begin on September 8, 2008 and occur every second Monday of the month, 7:30pm at "the cell" theatre on 23rd and 8th Ave. We are looking for plays by Black playwrights that focus on the stories of the community throughout the Diaspora.

2008 dates are as follows:
Monday, Sept 8 - "Stranger in my Body", by Garlia Cornelia Jones
Monday, Oct 13 - TBA
Monday, Nov 10 - TBA
Monday, Dec 8 - TBA

Submission Information:
Please send a synopsis of your play (currently accepting full length or one - acts), and one ten-page sample and the Blackboard Interview.*

*We will send the Interview to you once we receive your play*

-- Garlia Cornelia Jones

Friday, August 22, 2008

Check out AAPEX story in the Tennessee Tribune

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

New Reading Series (NYC)

I have separated myself from the workings of the red harlem readers, and I have along with Aaron Joy, Summer Hill Seven, and Emmitt Thrower (Wabi Sabi Entertainment) started a new group called River View Players and we will be doing readings of plays, poems, films, dance, music and essays by a diverse group of artists in all those fields. We will be performing every Sunday beginning September 7th at Cafe Largo 137th Street and Broadway at 4 PM. Food for the mind body and spirit is provided by the ssociates who include Athena Colon, Arianna Aquino, Jamil Mangin, Ashley Robinson, Shanae Sharon, Meredith Pierce, Beth Griffith, Summer Hill Seven, Aaron Joy, Emmitt Thrower and Laurence Holder. Any inquiries, regarding pictures and resumes (actors), scripts, films, directors, and performing artists can be sent to Wabisabimail@

Cafe Largo known for its culinary excellence and ambience is hosting our presentations to unite the community in its diversity through its mutual cultural heritages. We will also outreach the community feel its pulse and through our art give it expression.

Thank you,
Laurence Holder

Friday, August 1, 2008

Call for new Unproduced Full-Length Plays (Deadline: 9/17/08)

The Essential Theatre is currently seeking submissions of new full-length plays for consideration to include for development in its New Play Reading Series. Plays submitted for consideration must be new and never read or produced in workshop or performance for the general public’s consumption independently or under the auspices of an organization. Plays submitted and accepted into the process will be developed for a three-year period and scheduled for a world premiere production pending the level of artistic merit upon completion. Each accepted submission is given six scheduled readings over the three year development process. Three of the readings will be open to the public and three will be closed and limited to actors, the Playwright and artistic personnel. Each reading concludes with a discussion with the Playwright about the work. Playwrights unable to commit to a structured three year process with hard deadlines are discouraged from submitting. All workshop readings will be held in, Washington, DC and writers must be present for each reading. Partial transportation assistance may be available upon the completion of the accepted Playwright’s second year. Submitted scripts must be new, full-length or have the desire to achieve full length. Each submission must contain under one cover script with numbered pages and cover page, contact information , short play synopsis: not to exceed one paragraph, a list of characters, and Playwright’s bio; outlines, resumes or links to personal web sites are not acceptable and will be deemed an incomplete submission. In an effort to go green, submissions may be submitted electronically as a MS word attachment to theessentialtheatre @hotmail. com, 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. RTF and Zip files will be qualified as an incomplete submission. Please do not send these types of attachments as the issues these types of files pose vary according to equipment. The Deadline for receipt of submissions is, Wednesday, September 17, 2008. All topics will be considered and all submissions received by deadline date acknowledged.

The Essential Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to, producing theatre that is reflective of the African-American experience, which speaks distinctly from an African-American voice. It is also an objective of the theatre to produce programs for youth in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self-esteem.Initiated during spring of 1992, The New Play Reading Series was 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, frank dialogue with the playwright and director about the issues presented in the material as well as techniques used to present them. Please note that no submissions will be accepted after the deadline date of, Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

Persons wishing to mail submissions may do so by sending to:
The Essential Theatre
Attn: New Play Reading Series
1112 11th Street, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

Final decisions on submissions accepted will be made by, Friday, October 17, 2008. For more information contact (202) 328-0569 or E-mail, theessentialtheatre @hotmail. com while web site is under re-construction.

Please REMEMBER! All submissions must be sent in MS word format. Submissions can be E-mailed as an MS word attachment or mailed on standard CD in MS word in an effort to preserve trees. All submissions must include under one (1) cover: The submitted play with cover page, contact information and numbered pages. A list of characters. A brief synopsis of the play. A Playwright’s biographical statement. (Resumes, outlines and links to personal web sites will be deemed an incomplete submission). Please Do Not send RTF and zipped files.The essential Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Organization and champions workplace diversity.