Black Theater Fall Preview BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: THEY SPEAK, WHO LISTENS? Comes to the Vineyard Theatre

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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 award-winning Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Suzanne Appel, Managing Director) announced BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: THEY SPEAK. WHO LISTENS? A Black Theater Fall Preview: Off Broadway Edition. The event is scheduled at Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15th Street) on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:00 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 Off-Broadway this season.

Several theater companies will come together for an evening of conversation, commentary and performance from playwrights, actors, and other artistic personnel. The plays showcased as part of the black theater fall preview will include:

Fireflies by Donja R. Love
Directed by Saheem Ali
Atlantic Theater Company | September 25 - November 11

Travisville by William Jackson Harper
Directed by Steven H. Broadnax III
Ensemble Studio Theatre | October 3 - 28

Good Grief by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Vineyard Theatre | October 11 - November 18

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
MCC Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theatre | October 16 - November 25

Dot by Colman Domingo
Directed by Kenny Leon
The Billie Holiday Theatre | October 20 - November 18

Eve's Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd
Directed by Jo Bonney
The Public Theater | October 21 - December 2

HYPEMAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Kristan Seemel & Niegel Smith
The Flea Theater | November 10 - December 10

What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White
Movement Theatre Company | November 19 - December 30

Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Signature Theatre | November 19 - December 30

Slave Play by Jeremy Harris
Directed by Robert O'Hara
New York Theatre Workshop | November 19 - December 30

Christmas Carol In Harlem by Shawn Rene Graham
Directed by Steven H. Broadnax III
Classical Theatre of Harlem | November 25 - December 8

(Participants and program subject to change)

The fall preview's 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 1973 for "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 Fall Preview: Off Broadway Edition is free.

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