RSVP: Friday, September 21, 2018 – 7:30pm – FEATURE: Garlia Cornelia – Mary Rodgers Room – Dramatists Guild

Please Join Us for the opening reading of the 10th Anniversary Season!

Friday, September 21st at 7:30pm

Pingree’s Past

Written by: Garlia Cornelia

Directed by: Christopher Burris

ABOUT THE PLAY: Following the passing of her mother, Natasha returns home to Detroit to help her father and discovers her childhood home hanging on by a thread and a claim that could change her future in a city fighting for its own life.


Patrice Bell* as NATASHA

Lawrence Winslow* as Dr. LEE

Christy Richardson* as TARYN

John Robert Hurley as KENT

Washington Kirk* as BRADEN

Pernell Walker* as MARGARET

Please use this form to RSVP for our 10th Season Opener! The September 2018 Feature of Blackboard Plays in the Mary Rogers Room at The Dramatists Guild.

This season, we have additional readings in the Mary Rodgers room at The Dramatists Guild, located at 1501 Broadway (b/t 43rd and 44th Streets) *– USE THE ENTRANCE ON 43RD STREET* , 7th Floor; New York, NY 10036

There is a $10 Suggested Donation which you can make at the door.

Wine and Light refreshments will be served.


Patrice Bell* (Natasha)  Broadway: Rocktopia Off- Broadway: Serious Adverse Effects, Office Politics. New York: New Shoes, Park Plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Film/ TV: Gabriel, Maki, Eleanor, “The Onion News”  and “Feed The Beast.” Patrice is a graduate of the University of Central Florida Theatre Conservatory and a Mary Louise Rockwell Scholarship recipient of Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of the Performing Arts.  “Success through Longevity!

John Robert Hurley (Kent) is an actor, director and cinematographer from Macon, Georgia.  He was most recently on screen in Season 2 of FX’s ATLANTA and is currently directing JOHNNY & THE DEVIL’S BOX a new Appalachian musical by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman.

Christy Richardson* (Taryn) is so happy to support BlackBoard Plays! Recent onstage work has included Venus in Fur at Alliance Repertory Theatre, A Christmas Carol and The Importance of Being Earnest at Titan Theatre Company, and Tovarich, Romeo and Juliet, and Comedy of Errors at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Proud member of Actors Equity Association. @ActorChristyR

Pernell Walker* (Margaret) thanks God for allowing her to work with such passionate, profound filmmakers,  theater and innovative artists. She holds a MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School as well as a BA in Theater from City College. Ms.Walker made her first feature film debut as Laura In the award winning and critically acclaimed film, Pariah Directed by Dee Rees. Off-Broadway roles include Rashawn in Radha Blank’s SEED Directed by Niegel Smith and Isabel in James Tyler’s Dolphins and Sharks At Labyrinth Theater Company. You can watch Pernell in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Vonda, her breakout role as Ruby/ THUNDERTHIGHS in Season 1 of HBO’s hit series The Deuce working alongside Golden Globe nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and Golden Globe winner James Franco.  Up next, check out Pernell’s latest work in her recurring roles as Tianna in AMC’s DietLand, Laila Jenkins in CBS all access $1 and Netflix’s Central Park Five directed by Ava Duvernay. REEL link : and Website