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.
Last February (2017), we featured Jordan E. Cooper’s “Ain’t No Mo’ “. This year we are pleased to share that “Ain’t No Mo’ ” is part of the Studio Series at The Public Theater.
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.
Born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., Shashone is an actor who simply got tired of working for free and having nothing to show for it. So she began writing, creating her own projects, not knowing that writing would quickly become her undeniable passion.
Minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, and weeks into…TRAGEDY. Unbreakable Soldier was inspired by the tragic story of Kalief Browder; a hero in his own right. It encompasses fictional encounters of Kalief, in real circumstances from his past up until his heartbreaking death, while daringly and un-apologetically bringing light to the mental, emotional and physical effects of being subjected to solitary confinement as a youth as well as the unjust justice system. Unbreakable Soldier…Not even death will stop his purpose.
When Night Falls by Cynthia G. Robinson
Originally developed in part with the support of Rising Circle Theater Collective at the 2016 INKtank Play Development Lab for Emerging Artists of Color.
About the play
It’s 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Pratt Coal mining prison, Slope No. 12. Cheeks and Odin Dean are prisoners and Ezekiel finds bones. Maybell and Vivie Eillien are prostitutes, and Green Cottenham’s spirit comes calling. In the American South, there had to be a system created to control the newly freed black population and convict labor became that solution. This here be the Pratt Coal mines, where black men are picked up for any minimum charge like spitting, talking loud in the presence of a white woman, gambling, or just “being”. In 1932, black prison labor is free, hard, and easy. They are simply slaves given a different name.
Our first “Man Crush” or “Man Candy” is none other than playwright, Aurin Squire!
Our Women Crushes of the Week are Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira! Here’s a story In 2005, my senior year of college, I had the pleasure of meeting Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira during my spring break trip to New York City. I came to see “In the Continuum“, their multi-award winning play, stayed for …