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48HOURS IN... HARLEM to Reimagine Baldwin & Sanchez Works at National Black Theatre

48HOURS IN...  HARLEM to Reimagine Baldwin & Sanchez Works at National Black Theatre Harlem9 presents the Obie Award-winning 48HOURS IN... HARLEM - a twist on the traditional 24-hour play festival. This event marks the 7th year of the collaborative Harlem9 bringing together 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 18 actors.

Playwrights will re-imagine short stories and poems from renown writers James Baldwin and Sonia Sanchez into 10-minute plays over the course of one weekend.

48HOURS IN... HARLEM culminates in a one night only event on Sunday, August 13, 2017. There will be two performances at 7pm and 9:30pm at the National Black Theatre. Participating artists' details are below. Tickets will go on sale July 31, 2017. $25 in advance online with a limited number of cash only tickets available at the door for $30. The National Black Theatre is located at 2031 5th Avenue at 125th Street.

The 6 playwrights this year are: Jordan E. Cooper (Black Boy Fly was voted 'Best New Play' by Broadway World Dallas 2014), Kelley Girod (Founder and Executive Producing Director of Obie Award winning, The Fire This Time Festival), Daniel Alexander Jones (2015 Doris Duke Artist Award), Donja R. Love (2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow at The Lark), Cynthia Robinson (Semi-finalist, 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference) and Stacey Rose (2015-16 Dramatist Guild Fellow). The 6 Directors and 18 Actors who will participate in this year's event will be announced in July.

Harlem9 is a collaborative producing organization comprised of a group of Black theater professionals from various backgrounds. Their mission is to produce together, exploring the past, present and future of black culture, celebrating its rich and diverse history of storytelling. Garlia Cornelia, Bryan E. Glover, Eric Lockley, Jonathan McCrory, and Liberation Theatre Company (Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and Spencer Scott Barros) are the producers that comprise Harlem9. For more information, visit

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