About the cell

Our former home: the cell Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director, Nancy Manocherian and Artistic Director, Kira Simring, Blackboard called the cell home for a little over 10 years.  Since 2008, Blackboard was a resident series with Blackboard every 2nd Monday of the Month.  Developed and incubated in this space, Blackboard would not be …

“UNBREAKABLE SOLDIER” November 2016 Feature by Shashone Lambert

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.

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

Monday, December 12, 2016 7:00pm @ the cell 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 …

September – December 2016 

3 Features and a Community Night are what we have planned September – December 2016. Every evening begins at 7:30pm @ the cell. Suggested Donation $10 Reserve via Brown Paper Tickets or RSVP: info@blackboardplays.com Monday, September 12, 2016 “When Night Falls” By Cynthia G. Robinson  Josiane Bisimwa, a Sudanese woman, falls victim to unspeakable violence …

#blackstoriesmatter: Lekethia Dalcoe and Slope No.12

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.