Jan
28
3:00 PM15:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Stand & Wait by Eliana Pipes

Inspired by Paula Dean's 2013 comments fantasizing about wanting to have an Antebellum South themed wedding with "historically appropriate wait staff," Stand and Wait follows a seasoned black actress and a naïve white actress who make friends in an audition waiting room, only to be handed a script that caters to America's worst racial instincts.

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Jan
21
5:00 PM17:00

Reading: Heirloom by Karen Chilton

When siblings, Camille and Wynn, discover a portrait of their recently deceased grandmother painted by renowned artist Archibald Motley, they are forced to reconcile her will where everything was left to Wynn, though Camille was her primary caretaker. An emotional tug-of-war ensues where years of repressed conflicts between them surface as they struggle to navigate their grief and make sense of all that was left behind.

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Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

10 Minute Play Festival

Featured in The Boston Globe, NYtimes, and American Theatre Magazine, The Fire This Time Festival is leading the push towards new possibilities in Black Theater. Offering early-career playwrights of African and African American descent the opportunity to write material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists, the works tackle a wide range of genres and topics. This years festival is directed by Candis Jones.

10-Minute Play Festival

The Rider by Mona Washington

Ade Ogunbade and Julia Ford Williams are very much in love and engaged. However, Ade wants a pre-nuptial agreement. Much to his surprise, Julia agrees. Her only condition?  She wants to add a rider. Can love be contracted?  Will their their cultural differences and emotional sensitivities prevent their union? “The Rider” explores these questions and more.


The House by Charly Evon Simpson

The need to decide what to do with their father’s house brings siblings B and Jackie together on a cold winter afternoon. 


BLACK, WHITE & BLUE by William Watkins

A black motorist. A white cop. A bystander who is far from innocent. Which truth will you believe? BLACK, WHITE & BLUE explores the deadly stereotypes that make us all slaves to fear.


Anonymous by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sick of rejection and her career seeming to go nowhere, Noelle Hardisohn, a visual artist, makes a bold move. It worked! Everybody is eager to buy the art of this bold talent. But why don’t they know she’s Black? Why don’t they know her name?


Poppy by Shelley Fort

A young girl runs away from home and finds herself on an adventure through NYC. After she falls asleep on a bus, she wakes up in a courtroom and is forced to confront the reason she ran away. A nightmare or reality? "Poppy" explores loss of innocence and the cost of being a bold, fearless young woman in today's society.


The Falling Man By Gethsemane Herron-Coward

The Falling Man is inspired by Richard Drew’s infamous photograph. Two women war with a journalist in the aftermath of their father’s absence post 9/11 New York. The Falling Man asks how one mourns a man who won’t return, a man who was half stolen to begin with.

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Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Sip, Celebrate, Share, Repeat

A Wine and Cheese Social with The Fire This Time Community.
Join us for our opening event of Season 9 The Fire This Time by mixing and mingling with TFTT artists from our past nine years. Meet artists who are writing for television, enjoying off-broadway runs, completing fellowship programs, or in the writers room working out that next piece. Come and share your experiences as an artist, how you are "making it," and what resources are necessary for your survival. Let's pull each other up together through celebration, conversation, and community!

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

TTFT @ PERFORMETERIA

Join TFTT and other cutting edge Off-Off Broadway theater and dance companies at PERFOMETERIA, TDF's first ever immersive theater festival. This two-night event is co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center.  Sample 10-minute performances throughout the night and your timed ticket entitles you to new shows staring every fifteen-minutes until closing.  PEFORMETERIA will be held at Baruch Performing Arts Center at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th St. 

 

Dates: March 20 and March 24

Times: Four staggered entry times per night: 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm


Tickets are $9 each and may be purchased here: 

https://www.tdf.org/nyc/157/Performeteria#tickets

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

TTFT @ PERFORMETERIA

Join TFTT and other cutting edge Off-Off Broadway theater and dance companies at PERFOMETERIA, TDF's first ever immersive theater festival. This two-night event is co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center.  Sample 10-minute performances throughout the night and your timed ticket entitles you to new shows staring every fifteen-minutes until closing.  PEFORMETERIA will be held at Baruch Performing Arts Center at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th St. 

 

Dates: March 20 and March 24

Times: Four staggered entry times per night: 7pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm


Tickets are $9 each and may be purchased here: 

https://www.tdf.org/nyc/157/Performeteria#tickets

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Feb
5
5:00 PM17:00

10 Minute Play Fest

Directed by Cezar Williams

Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Childhood friends Shaun and Melanie are on the cusp of adulthood, but when a secret lesson takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

 

Love and Happiness: Ada’s Story by Fredrica Bailey

Set in 1939 against the vibrant, vivacious backdrop of juke joints and jazzy blues, this play centers on a middle aged black woman in love with a much younger man. With a secret to tell and a decision to make she grapples with age, love, and the realities of life.

 

SWITCH! by Karen Chilton

When two estranged friends, both prominent psychiatrists, meet unexpectedly in a therapy session, they are forced to face the guilt and sadness surrounding a mutual friend’s recent suicide, as well as the uncomfortable complexities of their own relationship.

 

Detained by Shamar S. White

A young Black female soldier conducting a cordon search in Afghanistan encounters a young Afghan female detainee who makes her question who she is underneath the uniform, and forever changes the soldier’s life.

 

Waiting For Virginia Wolfe by Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Two black married couples, while waiting for a fifth guest to arrive, clash over class and cultural karma. This may be the one black dinner party where shipped in collard greens from Neiman Marcus are served!

 

Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper

A small church holds an earth shattering funeral on the election night of America’s first black president.

 

The Fucking World and Everything In It by C.A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

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Feb
4
7:30 PM19:30

10 Minute Play Fest

Directed by Cezar Williams

Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Childhood friends Shaun and Melanie are on the cusp of adulthood, but when a secret lesson takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

 

Love and Happiness: Ada’s Story by Fredrica Bailey

Set in 1939 against the vibrant, vivacious backdrop of juke joints and jazzy blues, this play centers on a middle aged black woman in love with a much younger man. With a secret to tell and a decision to make she grapples with age, love, and the realities of life.

 

SWITCH! by Karen Chilton

When two estranged friends, both prominent psychiatrists, meet unexpectedly in a therapy session, they are forced to face the guilt and sadness surrounding a mutual friend’s recent suicide, as well as the uncomfortable complexities of their own relationship.

 

Detained by Shamar S. White

A young Black female soldier conducting a cordon search in Afghanistan encounters a young Afghan female detainee who makes her question who she is underneath the uniform, and forever changes the soldier’s life.

 

Waiting For Virginia Wolfe by Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Two black married couples, while waiting for a fifth guest to arrive, clash over class and cultural karma. This may be the one black dinner party where shipped in collard greens from Neiman Marcus are served!

 

Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper

A small church holds an earth shattering funeral on the election night of America’s first black president.

 

The Fucking World and Everything In It by C.A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

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Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

10 Minute Play Festival

Directed by Cezar Williams

Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Childhood friends Shaun and Melanie are on the cusp of adulthood, but when a secret lesson takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

 

Love and Happiness: Ada’s Story by Fredrica Bailey

Set in 1939 against the vibrant, vivacious backdrop of juke joints and jazzy blues, this play centers on a middle aged black woman in love with a much younger man. With a secret to tell and a decision to make she grapples with age, love, and the realities of life.

 

SWITCH! by Karen Chilton

When two estranged friends, both prominent psychiatrists, meet unexpectedly in a therapy session, they are forced to face the guilt and sadness surrounding a mutual friend’s recent suicide, as well as the uncomfortable complexities of their own relationship.

 

Detained by Shamar S. White

A young Black female soldier conducting a cordon search in Afghanistan encounters a young Afghan female detainee who makes her question who she is underneath the uniform, and forever changes the soldier’s life.

 

Waiting For Virginia Wolfe by Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Two black married couples, while waiting for a fifth guest to arrive, clash over class and cultural karma. This may be the one black dinner party where shipped in collard greens from Neiman Marcus are served!

 

Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper

A small church holds an earth shattering funeral on the election night of America’s first black president.

 

The Fucking World and Everything In It by C.A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

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Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: A Slow Boil by Tanya Everett

In A Slow Boil, generations of traditional family bonds are destroyed, forcing all to confront the ugly realities of race, obligation and loyalty. As they break out of their shells, our characters face the question: how do you choose between home and the pursuit of happiness?

A Full length play reading Tanya Everett

Directed by TJ Weaver

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Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: reluctant to burn by Korde Tuttle

EDDIE and AJ have both erected walls. After moving-in together, the need to protect themselves is intensified when their newfound lack of space -- and its effect on their sex life -- becomes unbearable. As a result of visiting EDDIE’s once-estranged father at a vintage bowling alley, in North Carolina, the couple is forced to confront their relationship to their bodies, and their parents’ bodies. What they find allows them to profoundly connect in ways they never could’ve anticipated. 


A Full length play reading by Korde Tuttle
Directed by Victor Cervantes, Jr.

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Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

10 Minute Play Festival

Directed by Cezar Williams

Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Childhood friends Shaun and Melanie are on the cusp of adulthood, but when a secret lesson takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

 

Love and Happiness: Ada’s Story by Fredrica Bailey

Set in 1939 against the vibrant, vivacious backdrop of juke joints and jazzy blues, this play centers on a middle aged black woman in love with a much younger man. With a secret to tell and a decision to make she grapples with age, love, and the realities of life.

 

SWITCH! by Karen Chilton

When two estranged friends, both prominent psychiatrists, meet unexpectedly in a therapy session, they are forced to face the guilt and sadness surrounding a mutual friend’s recent suicide, as well as the uncomfortable complexities of their own relationship.

 

Detained by Shamar S. White

A young Black female soldier conducting a cordon search in Afghanistan encounters a young Afghan female detainee who makes her question who she is underneath the uniform, and forever changes the soldier’s life.

 

Waiting For Virginia Wolfe by Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Two black married couples, while waiting for a fifth guest to arrive, clash over class and cultural karma. This may be the one black dinner party where shipped in collard greens from Neiman Marcus are served!

 

Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper

A small church holds an earth shattering funeral on the election night of America’s first black president.

 

The Fucking World and Everything In It by C.A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

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Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

10 Minute Play Festival

Directed by Cezar Williams

Stiletto Envy by Eliana Pipes

Childhood friends Shaun and Melanie are on the cusp of adulthood, but when a secret lesson takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.

 

Love and Happiness: Ada’s Story by Fredrica Bailey

Set in 1939 against the vibrant, vivacious backdrop of juke joints and jazzy blues, this play centers on a middle aged black woman in love with a much younger man. With a secret to tell and a decision to make she grapples with age, love, and the realities of life.

 

SWITCH! by Karen Chilton

When two estranged friends, both prominent psychiatrists, meet unexpectedly in a therapy session, they are forced to face the guilt and sadness surrounding a mutual friend’s recent suicide, as well as the uncomfortable complexities of their own relationship.

 

Detained by Shamar S. White

A young Black female soldier conducting a cordon search in Afghanistan encounters a young Afghan female detainee who makes her question who she is underneath the uniform, and forever changes the soldier’s life.

 

Waiting For Virginia Wolfe by Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Two black married couples, while waiting for a fifth guest to arrive, clash over class and cultural karma. This may be the one black dinner party where shipped in collard greens from Neiman Marcus are served!

 

Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper

A small church holds an earth shattering funeral on the election night of America’s first black president.

 

The Fucking World and Everything In It by C.A. Johnson

A Black man stands inside a jail cell, while a white cop gazes at him from the other side.  Both men have a request: one to be un-cuffed, the other to understand his captive’s motives. As tensions mount and their pleas grow more desperate, they must face the inevitability of what comes next and how it is inextricably tied to history.

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Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: CRH- A DInner Party Play by Keelay Gipson

A millennial couple, newly parents, invite their friends over for a dinner party to get back into the swing of their social lives. A meditation on what it means to be a partner, a parent and approaching thirty, this deliciously decadent, dark comedy may give you a case of indigestion. And will have you questioning, long after it's finished, what it means to be a member of The Mooching Class in the Age of Trump, technology, and student loans.

A Full Length Play Reading by Keelay Gipson

Directed by TJ Weaver

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