Esai’s Table was accepted into the 2017 Cherry Lane Mentor Project
I am excited to announce that my play Esai’s Table has been selected for the 2017 Cherry Lane Mentor Project and I will be mentored by Stephen Adly Guirgis! The program culminates in a production March 22nd to April 1st at the legendary Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/programs/mentor_project/
HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments has been published by Samuel French.
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Hands Up will be presented in the Matchbox reading series at Crowded Fire in San Francisco.
November 18th, 7pm
HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWRIGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS
Playwrights include Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi Kelley, Glenn Gordon, Dennis Allen II, and Eric Holmes.
Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
In light of the police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among others, The New Black Fest commissioned 7 emerging black playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black in a culture of institutional profiling. http://www.crowdedfire.org/2016-matchbox-reading-series/
Esai’s Table will be featured the MultiStages Script Development Series in NYC
Two Readings: Wed., November 16 at 3 pm and Thurs., November 17 at 7 pm (reception to follow)
Shelter Studios, PH1, 244 W. 54th Street (B/T 8th & Broadway) Free Admission; RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org More info http://multistages.org/category/upcoming/ Directed by Lorca Peress, Featuring: LaChrisha Brown, Dyllon Burnside, Brandon Gill, Marcel Spears, and Charles E. Wallace as Esai.
Esai’s Table had a members reading at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis on June 19th, 2016.
With James A. Williams, H. Adam Harris, Mikkel Sapp and Darius Dotch.
Esai’s Table was a semifinalist for the 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
The Son of Dawn is a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting award.
The annual Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Since inception, American Blues Theater has named 6 Award winners, 4 runners-up, 20 finalists, and 46 semi-finalists. American Blues awarded more than $4,000 in cash prizes for 2016. http://americanbluestheater.com/2016/02/29/2016-blue-ink-playwriting-award-announced/
Orchids and Polka Dots will be featured in the 11th annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto in June .
The InspiraTO Festival is Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival. You can find more info by clicking on the link http://www.theatreinspirato.ca/festival/shows/redshow
Hands Up will be featured on BBC Afternoon Drama in the summer of 2016.
Hands Up: 7 Playwright’s, 7 Testaments at Target First Saturday’s at the Brooklyn Museum
Hands Up was featured at the Brooklyn Museum’s first Saturdays on February 6th, 2016. We are now seven playwrights with the addition of the amazing Nambi E Kelley. The event was directed by Kamilah Forbes.
Esai’s Table has Roundtable Reading at Lark Play Development Center.
Pictured are Toccarra Cash, Nedra McClyde, Jonathan Burke, Charles Wallace, Brandon Gill and Chris Burris.
Esai’s Table at the National Black Theater Festival
Esai’s Table was featured in the Reader’s Theater of New Work at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, NC, in August of 2015. The reading was directed by Bianca Laverne Jones.
Hands Up receives a world premier at Flashpoint Theatre Company in Philadelphia
Explore our world through a different lens. See life through the eyes of 6 emerging playwrights (Nathan James, Idris Goodwin, Nathan Yungerberg, Glenn Gordon, Eric Holmes, Dennis Allen II) commissioned by The New Black Fest to bring to life their feelings on the dangers of being black men in this ‘modern, evolved society,’ where police violence is expected and commonplace. Flashpoint brings you these stories in all of their honesty, anger, confusion, and hope. Directed by Joanna Settle and featuring live music by ILL DOOTS, this powerful World Premiere explores the emotional havoc that centuries of systemic abuse, marginalization, and murder can wreak on an entire culture. June 10 – 28, 2015
Hands Up was featured at the National Black Theater in Harlem.
This amazing presentation in February of 2015 was directed by Jonathan McCrory and featured: Joshua Boone, Kamal Angelo Bolden, Jahi Kearse, Jevon McFerrin, Glenn N Sangou & Chinaza Uche.
American Theatre Magazine spotlights my play Pousada Azul
Click on the image below to read about my play Pousada Azul and the Obie award winning Fire This Time Festival in American Theatre Magazine.
Hands Up: 6 Playwrights: 6 Testaments
I was one of 6 emerging black male playwrights commissioned by The New Black Fest to write 10-15 monologues that explored our feelings about the well-being of black men in a culture of institutional profiling.
Click below to read about Hands Up in the New York Times.
“Hands Up” in American Theatre Magazine’s “The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus”
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The Hansberry Project in Seattle will be featuring Hands Up on January 12th, 2015.
You can also watch the live stream archive here (My piece is second “Holes in My Identity” https://videostreaming.gc.cuny.edu/videos/video/2322/in/channel/14/
THE KEN DAVENPORT TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
My 10 minute play “Brush Strokes”, from 48 Hours in Harlem, won the The Ken Davenport Ten Minute Play Contest. Ken produced Kinky Boots, Godspell and many other amazing shows. The event was held at the Davenport Theater on Thursday, July 31, 2014. My amazing team included: Christopher, director and actors Tracy Conyer Lee, Nathan Hinton and Donnell E. Smith.