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'American Slavery Project' Focuses on Black Playwrights


In this sesquicentennial year of the Civil War, The New Black Fest — which aims to showcase innovative black playwrights — and 651 ARTS have teamed up for the American Slavery Project...

Black Playwrights Look at Slavery in New Theater Series

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has inspired an explosion of books, television documentaries and movies, such as Robert Redford’s upcoming The Conspirator, about the people who murdered Abraham Lincoln. Why not a theater series about slavery, the issue that caused the war, and a series written from the African American point of view?...


Festival Spotlights Emerging Playwrights


With readings of new plays, performances and panel discussions, the inaugural New Black Fest for emerging black playwrights is set for Oct. 9-17 in New York, the organizers announced. In addition to readings of six new plays at Bric Arts/Media/Bklyn (in Fort Greene, Brooklyn) on Oct. 16 and 17, festival highlights include a panel discussion on arts and activism...

Forging a Festival for Black Playwrights


Does the world need another festival for emerging playwrights? Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, answered with an emphatic yes this week by hosting a fund-raising party in her Brooklyn home to benefit the establishment of the New Black Fest...

New Black Play Festival to Hit New York this Fall; Nottage, Parks et al. Lend Support

Playwright Lynn Nottage, author of RUINED, hosted a fund-raising party for the New Black Fest, an upcoming festival which will "showcase innovative work by and about black people..."

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