Tuesday, February 24, 2015

20 Female Harlem Renaissance Writers You Should Know

Zora Neale Hurston
Worth a read.

Monday, February 16, 2015

For Colored Girls Is Back By Popular Demand Feb 27 thru Mar 1 (Philly)

First World Theatre Ensemble In association with Kaged Tiger Productions, once again brings alive through the direction of Zuhairah McGill a landmark in American theatre, Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" classic choreopoem illuminating the tales of women in all the shades of life’s experiences. 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Two Plays You Don't Want To Miss This Sunday, Feb 15th (Harlem)

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Sunday, February 15th
Harlem Hospital's Cave Auditorium
506 Malcom X Blvd. @ 135th Street

Tickets: $20.00

Meet the Playwright: Nathan Ross Freeman, Monday, Feb 23rd (Nashville)

Nathan Ross Freeman

The African American Playwrights Exchange presents a reading of HANNAH ELIAS, conceived by Johnnie "Blue" Gardner and written by Nathan Ross Freeman. 

HANNAH ELIAS tells the true story of the scandal which swirled around the "enchantress" Hannah Elias ca. 1900 in New York City. The reading, directed by Franchesa Kirkpatrick, is the 35th event in the Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series. Free to the public, HANNAH ELIAS:The Reading, takes place at 7:00 pm, Monday, February 23 in the Centennial Black Box Theatre, Centennial Arts Activity Center, Centennial Park. Playwright Nathan Ross Freeman will be traveling to Nashville from Winston Salem for the reading of his play. Come to Nashville and Go to the Theatre!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter Will Be Kate in All-Male THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (DC)

Billy Porter

By Andrew Gans, Playbill
06 Feb 2015
Artistic director Michael Kahn has announced the 2015-16 season for Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company. One of the highlights will be an all-male production of Shakespeare's The Taming of Shrew. Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the cast will be led by Tony-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter as Kate. In a statement Kahn said, “It is my goal to give fresh voices in directing an opportunity to tackle STC productions, and to bring the talent of those emerging artists to our stage. Ed is known for his epic, immersive performance-style productions, which I am pleased to share with our audiences with his examination of identity and gender roles.” To continue reading, please click here.

AAPEX Best New Book 2015 Award goes to Stewart F. Lane for his book, BLACK BROADWAY

BLACK BROADWAY has been designated the Top #1 Hot Release in PERFORMING ARTS books on Amazon.com.

Friday, February 6, 2015

W. Tré Davis' ONLY 4U this Monday, 2-9 at Blackboard Reading Series (NYC)

NEXT Blackboard: MONDAY, February 9, 2015 7:30pm 
 the cell - 338 W. 23rd Street - New York, NY 10011 

 ONLY 4 U 
Written by W. Tré Davis 
 Directed by David Mendizábal

David is handling his break up like a champ; 
until he meets his ex for coffee. 
Only 4 You challenges our perception of real and unreal 
as David explores his capacity to grow, forgive, 
and love the person that matters most: himself. 

Donnell E. Smith 
Rocky Vega 
José Joaquin Pérez 
DaWoyne A. Hill

$10.00 Suggested Donation

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~wine served~ 
Reading followed by a 20 mintue talk-back 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Amiri Baraka's DUTCHMAN- Feb 5 thru March 8 (NYC)

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Ryan Jillian and Michael Alcide

Ryan Jillian                                   Michael Alcide

About the play: The title Dutchman is an allusion to The Dutch East India Company, the most renowned slave ship company of the 17th century, whose flagship for the voyages between West Africa and America, tradition says, was named Flying Dutchman. The literary legend is The Flying Dutchman in which the central character is ever in pursuit of prey that can never be caught. This production will include the music of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Experimental, allegorical and angry, Dutchman is set on a New York City subway train, where Lula, a young white woman, strikes up a conversation with Clay, a young middle-class black man. As the play unspools, she goads him, with liberal righteousness, into releasing the anger that, as a black man, he must surely be harboring.

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