Downtown Urban Arts Festival Announces Finalists For 2019 Season

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Announces Finalists For 2019 Season

In Spring 2019, the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) will return for its much-anticipated 17th annual season. Reg E. Gaines, Tony-nominated for Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk, is back as the Artistic Director of the festival. After his evaluation of scripts that were received from across the U.S., the following writers and their plays were selected as the finalists for the 2019 season.


Rollin Jewett (Buzzkill)

Marcus Scott (Call and Response)

Emma McFarland (Flinted)

J. Lois Diamond (Growl)

Ruoxin Xu (In the Name of Us)

Nelson Diaz-Marcano (Paper Towels)

Thomas Coash (Raghead)

David Beardsley (Something True)

Ledia Xhoga (The Delay)

A. Esmie Wright (Thinking Those Thoughts)


Rae Binstock (1077)

David Dudley (800 Days of Solitude: A Conjuring)

Conlan Carter (BAD)

Porsha Olayiwola (Black and Ugly)

Rock WILK (Book of Judith)

Joe Delgado (Crushed at the Crossing)

Victoria Moy (Gambled Eggs)

Lori Fischer (How to Get Famous)

Edwin Rivera-Arias (In the Palace of the Planet King)

Tommy Jamerson (Love/Fantasy)

Cisco Montgomery (Murder the Devil)

Juan Ramirez, Jr. (Ridin Shotgun)

A. Emmanuel Leadon (Short Rib)

Josh Drimmer (Story and Her)

Augusto Amador (The Quiet Zone)

Janet Onyenucheya (Escalator)

Steven A. Butler, Jr. (Veils)

In 2001, DUAF 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 whole lives defy categorizing along conventional lies. 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. DUAF inaugurated the festival in 2002 at HERE in SoHo to help revitalize the NYC downtown arts scene, which, at the time, was experiencing a severe downturn due to the WTC disaster. 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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