New York Madness to Join The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present the January installment of New York Madness on Sunday, January 29 at 8pm as part of The Fire This Time Festival with Featured Guest Playwright Julienne L. Hairston (Ababuo in Project Y's Racey Play Festival; Coal Run Road in The 2015 Fire This Time Festival; #Hashtag in Project Y's Techno Plays Festival) along with playwrights France-Luce Benson (2016 Samuel French OOB Festival Winner; 2016 O'Neil NPC Fellow; 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow), Germono Toussaint (founding producer of The Fire This Time Festival), Nathan Yungerberg (2017 Cherry Lane's Mentor Project with Stephen Adly Guirgis; Winner of Ken Davenport 10-Minute Play Festival), Lori Elizabeth Parquet (2014 The Fire This Time Festival playwright), Daaimah Mubashshir (Everyday Afroplay at The Bushwick Starr; Hotel Harare at JACK; New Georges Jam playwright), Maia Matsushita (member of The Fire This Time Festival's Inaugural Writers Group; two-time participant in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Playwright Playground), Jerome Parker (Ballad of Sad Young Men at Cherry Lane; Resident Librettist with American Lyric Theater), and Pia Wilson (Turning the Glass Around with Workspace Collective; The Flower Thief with Horse Trade; 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater).

New York Madness is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. They write a short play and cast it, rehearse it, and bring it in on its feet. The collected works create a kaleidoscope of cultural moments reflecting this moment in time, framed by a theme that is chosen by the Featured Guest Playwright. The primary goal of Madness is the exploration of modern American Playwriting through the use of theatrical storytelling.
New York Madness takes place every last Sunday of the month at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance at

The Fire This Time Festival Playwright Kelley Nicole Girod founded the festival in 2009 to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st Century Theater artists. With ongoing momentum, TFTT has quickly become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater.

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.

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