NYC Black Theater Network Presents BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: THEY SPEAK, WHO LISTENS?
Today, influencer and talent manager ChiChi Anyanwu of the NYC Black Theater Network, Marcia Pendelton, President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) announced BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: THEY SPEAK. WHO LISTENS? A Black Theater Winter Preview: Broadway and Off-Broadway Edition. The event is scheduled at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd) on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Four-time Tony Award-winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney) will host the program whose purpose is to bring attention to the unprecedented number of plays by black playwrights being produced on Broadway and Off-Broadway this season.
This groundbreaking event will feature performances from the current Broadway hit Choir Boy, and the highly anticipated production of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (White Noise), and breakthrough writer Jeremy O. Harris (Daddy), and much more. Additionally, those attending the event will have access to a theater marketplace that will offer production details, discounts, and information from Black Theater service organizations.
A number of theater companies will participate in this evening of conversation, commentary and performance involving playwrights, performers, and other artistic personnel. The plays/companies that will be showcased as part of the black theater winter preview will include:
The 10th annual The Fire This Time Festival (6 playwrights: Kendra Augustin, Adrienne Dawes, Francisca Da Silveira, Samantha Godfrey, Garlia Cornelia Jones, Bernard Tarver, York Walker, and Kezia Waters.)
Directed by Kevin. R. Free
Kraine Theater, January 21-February 3, 2019
"Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations" Book by Dominique Morisseau,
Musical Director by Kenny Seymour
Directed by Des McAnuff
Imperial Theatre, Broadway, Previews begin February 28, 2019
"The First Deep Breath" by Lee Edward Colston II
directed by Malika Oyetimein
National Black Theater - Feb 13 - 17, 2019
"The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or 'iNegro')"
by Kareem Lucas
Directed by TBA
Cherry Lane Theater (Mentor Project) February 20 - March 2, 2019
Audience Development Committee aka The AUDELCO Awards
Participants and program subject to change.
The series title "Black Playwrights: They Speak, Who Listens?" is based on an article written about Black women playwrights by Dr. Barbara Molette, the late playwright, actress, director, scholar, educator and author whose career spanned over five decades. The article, published in 1973for "Overtures: A Black Theater Annual, 10th Anniversary Edition," was presented in conjunction with the annual AUDELCO Awards (Audience Development Committee). Based in New York City, the AUDELCO Awards honor excellence in black theater.
Black Playwrights: They Speak, Who Listens? A Black Theater Winter Preview: Broadway and Off Broadway Edition is free. Seating is limited. RSVPs are required. For reservations visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-talks-black-theater-winter-preview-tickets-54174095177?aff=ebdssbdestsearch