Our home: the cell Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director, Nancy Manocherian and Artistic Director, Kira Simring, Blackboard has called the cell home since 2008. As a resident series, we were developed and incubated in this space. Check out the cell and the other series and artists finding support in a way not found …
Do you have your reservations for our 2nd Feature of the month at Pearl Studios on Monday, January 22nd? Learn more about “Stuck” by Paris Crayton III.
ABOUT THE PLAY: Jacob Charles has always been great at suppressing his true feelings until one night, after a few drinks, he gives in to what he has secretly always longed for. Shortly after, he receives news of his girlfriend’s pregnancy which sends him through a whirlwind of emotions. He begins to have therapy sessions with Whitney Armstrong, who is also going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.
We’re bringing you two readings this month!
1 @ the cell on Monday, January 8, 2018
1 at Pearl Studios on Monday, January 22, 2018
In September, we will have existed (survived) a decade as a monthly series for Black Playwrights from the African Diaspora… in New York City.
Helps us make our needs for the year: rent, stipends and studio space for our podcast.
It’s the end of the year! Time to be together and support each other. What better way than to come together for a community night!
Playwrights bring up to 10 pages of your work (with enough copies for everyone) and Actors bring yourselves!
In February, we told you about two former Blackboard Features who were part of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project.
Well… ESAI’S TABLE is here!
In April the cell will be ringing in it’s second annual C.M.O.R.E. Festival dedicated to Creating More Opportunity for Racial Equity among playwrights, directors, and actors. This year’s festival will present readings of two new plays and a workshop production of The Year of the Bicycle (Performances starting April 13th).
Khadar and Guinivere answer an ad in Essence for what they believe to be Ms. Yasha’s dating service and find “Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S” a dating service insisting that every black woman needs a N.I.G.G.A. and that every black man is one.
Spring is upon us, and so it seems are writing deadlines. Keeping this in mind, we decided that in lieu of a March Feature, a community night might be more beneficial for … well you… the community. Playwrights bring up to 10 pages of your work (with enough copies for everyone) and Actors bring yourselves! …
This Throwback Thursday, we’d like to highlight Nathan Yungerberg and Jocelyn Bioh, current 2017 Cherry Lane Mentor Project Playwrights with a little time-travel to September 2012.
Support James! We are pleased to announce that James Anthony Tyler’s “Dolphins and Sharks” begins a production this month. It is being produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and will run from February 9 – March 19th.