December 2016: RedVolution Feature “STIGMA” by Keelay Gipson and Community Night

Monday, December 12, 2016

7:00pm @ the cell

Redvolution Logo 2016

In October 2006, Blackboard Founder, Garlia Jones-Ly produced “RedVolution” an  HIV/AIDS Awareness Benefit Concert with her College Theatre group, Black Curtain.  10 years later, HIV/AIDS is not a forgotten disease and continues to affect Black communities.

After accepting submissions from September 1 – October 31st, Blackboard Plays has chosen Keelay Gipson’s “STIGMA”



A group of friends meet to welcome home Kenneth, a runway model who has just spent time in Milan for Fashion Week. With the wine flowing, and the arrival of Kenneth’s new significant other, they begin to talk about standards of beauty. Will the mention of a new job opportunity for Kenneth lead their conversation into some stigmatizing territory?


Corey Camperchioli
Reynaldo Piniella
Cristina Pitter
Maisie Salinger
Andy White


Keelay Gipson
Keelay Gipson

A multi-disciplinary artist including work as an activist, teaching artist, director and award-winning playwright. He was recently awarded the New Dramatist Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) and has been working as a Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Administration of Children’s Services. His play, What I Tell You in the Dark, was a Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival Finalist. His work as a playwright has been seen at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He has been a playwriting fellow with The Amoralists Theater Company’s ‘Wright Club, a Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Playwriting Fellow, and a Rising Circle Theater Collective INKTank Semi-Finalist. As Co-Artistic Director of The Oneness Project he means to explore questions focusing on social injustice through various performance based mediums.


Following the reading and talkback of STIGMA there will be a Community Night!


Bring up to 10 pages of work!

RSVP: [email protected]

Let us know you are coming!



We ask that you make a $10 Donation to our $5K in 30 days campaign if you can, as we raise money for our 2017 readings!