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 …
Duane Boutté is our 1st of 2 March Features! This one @ the cell in Chelsea, where we have been incubated since 2008. Monday, March 11th at 7:30pm – RSVP Today!
RSVP for Friday’s 2nd November Feature: “Queen Z” by Michael A. Jones! 7:30pm in The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild.
ABOUT THE PLAY: Zenobia is brought to United States as an infant by her West African parents, who are in search better way of life. Now, sixteen years later, the hard working parents are so deep in debt that they may lose their car, their home, and most importantly…their daughter. They decide to do the unthinkable to save her…and themselves.
Our 1st feature in November is “Ruth” by Christy Smith-Sloman, directed by Cezar Williams and produced by Daryl Sledge. ABOUT THE PLAY: A New Orleans family gathers on Easter Weekend for an overdue reunion. When family secrets and future plans are revealed, lives are changed forever.
We’ll be working on casting and selecting a director for our December Feature, “Maybe a Mexican” to be held in The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild on Friday December 7th. Learn a little bit more about the play and submit yourself if interested.
RSVP for “Straddling the Edge” by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and directed by Kira Simring – Sunday, 7pm @ the cell!
RSVP for our October Feature in The Mary Rodgers Room @ The Dramatists Guild! LORI MINOR is October’s Feature Playwright with “The Coping Mechanism” – Catherine and Paul Harrison decided to support their daughter’s way of coping after a tragic accident, by keeping the spirit of her brother “alive” in their home through her imagination. However, over time, they’ve begun to realize that the choice isn’t helping them to move forward and may be hurting, more than healing their wounds.
Casting “The Woman / The Man,” a double feature Columbia School of the Arts MFA Directing Thesis Productions. Headed by director and Emmy-nominated choreographer, Jeffrey Page. “The Woman / The Man” will be comprised of an ensemble-based company of 13 actors performing two plays: Adrienne Kennedy’s “Funnyhouse of a Negro” and Suzan-Lori Parks’ “The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World.” We are especially interested in actors who can sing and move well.
Our 1st Community Night of the 10th Season! PLAYWRIGHTS: Bring up to 10 pages of new work! ACTORS: Bring yourselves! Come on out to the cell on Monday, October 8th, 2018 – RSVP Here!
Please Join Us for the opening reading of a new play by Blackboard Founder, Garlia Cornelia in honor of the of the 10th Anniversary Season!
The 8th Annual “48Hours in…™Harlem”, produced by sister organization, Harlem9 is on Sunday, August 19, 2018. There are two performances 7pm or 9:30pm – Purchase your tickets here before it sells out!