Theater at DUAF Announces 2017 Finalists

THEATER at Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) has announced the finalists for its 15th Anniversary season to run at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater during spring 2017. The finalists were selected from over 100 submissions from some of the nation's most talented emerging playwrights. THEATER is produced by Creative Ammo Inc. and Reg E. Gaines, two-time Tony nominee, returns as THEATER's Artistic Director.

The Finalists are:

Comfort Woman by Steve Gold
Crooked Parts by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
dear dashboard by Justice Hehir
Don't Take Me Alive! By Alano Baez
Educated and Still Trapped by Cyd Charisse Fulton
Eternal Flamer! The Ballad of Jessie Blade by Tommy Jamerson
Familiar Strangers by Lynda Crawford
Father God Mother Death by Mario Golden
Garbo by Joe Gulla
Harold and Rodney Play Chess by Adam Seidel
Honor Among Thieves by Juan Ramirez, Jr.
Love and Nothing by Kacie Devaney
Malaise by Marcus Scott
Members Only by D. L. Siegel
Platform Chronicles by Baindu D. Kalokoh
Salt Kid Watches Brooklyn Burn by Katie Looney
Second Breath by Barry Gommer
Slow Bullet, My Three Loves by Afrika Brown
The Book of Leonidas by Augusto Federico Amador
The Division Problem by George Ruthauser
The Famous Willy Lee Jackson by James Dickson
The Field Trip by Chip Bolick
The Problem of Verisimilitude by Jeff Tabnick
The Protest by Nako Adodoadji
We are the Light of the World by Rae Binstock
Where Was I? by Karen Ludwig

In 2001, THEATER was founded with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as more than 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. It has been recognized as "one of the world's best festivals for new works" and described as "not only prestigious, but a slice of heaven for playwrights who want the chance to freely express themselves." (Lisa Mulcahy, Theater Festivals, Allworth Press, 2005)

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