#blackstoriesmatter: Lekethia Dalcoe and Slope No.12

It’s Thursday, and we are much later than usual in sharing with you about Monday’s reading.  This week has been full of frozen emotion as two more murders took place.

Alton Sterling

Philando Castile

As Black storytellers, the playwrights that we feature at the cell every month are passing on legacies and ensuring that parts of our history as Africans throughout the Diaspora are told.

Monday’s reading is no different.

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.

About the playwright



Lekethia Dalcoe is a Houston native, residing in New York City. She holds a MA in Theatre from Texas A&M University’s Commerce campus and a MFA in Acting from the New school for Drama in NYC. Her recent playwrighting history includes, “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red” (Full-length) which has been commissioned by the Congo Square Theatre in Chicago for its 2015-2016 Power of Her season; directed by Tony nominated actor/director Harry Lennix, produced at the Venus/Adonis festival (2015) in New York, and as a staged reading for “The Keep Soul Alive” playwrighting series at The National Black (NBT) in New York. Other plays include: “Black Bars” (2014) (Full-length),“Charmed Love” (2013) (One-Act), “Prophecy of the Sands” (2007) (Full-length) that has been produced and staged at PraireView A&M University’s Black Box Theatre and produced at the 2007 TETA Playfest Festival in Houston, TX and “Gardenias” which is currently in the works. Some of Ms. Dalcoe’s acting credits include, RSC “Julius Caesar”(Company), “In the Blood” (Hester),”Woyzeck” (Marie), “Shakespeare’s Henry” (Warwick), “Tempest”(Ariel), “The Blacks” (Bobo) and “No Exit” (Estelle).

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$10 Suggested

Wine and Refreshments served

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May 2016 Community Night

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Have Pages? Monday’s Community is for you – Playwrights – Bring 10 pages of new work / work you want to hear and Actors, bring yourselves for the opportunity to cold read new work! Monday, May 23, 2016 7:30pm @nancy … Continue reading

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Monday, February 15, 2016 Our first “Man Crush” or “Man Candy” is none other than playwright, Aurin Squire! Aurin’s play, “Friendly Fire”was the second Blackboard Feature back in 2008! Since then, Aurin has exploded! Aurin is both an exemplary playwright … Continue reading

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Our Women Playwright Crushes of the week!

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Our Women Crushes of the Week are Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira! Here’s a story In 2005, my senior year of college, I had the pleasure of meeting Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira during my spring break trip to New … Continue reading

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Special Black History Month 2016 Events

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HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Something feels different this year about Black History Month – namely #oscarssowhite… If one can call it a movement, then maybe we are in the midst of real change. Spike Lee wants us, black creators, “In … Continue reading

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Blackboard seeks Digital Associate Intern

Since 2008, Blackboard Reading Series has been incubated by Nancy Manocerhian’s the cell and featured a new Black playwright each month.

20120605-203510.jpgOur series is devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora.

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Blackboard Community Night November 2008

We are active on social media and beginning a podcast as an extension of this blog, “Playwright Conversations”.

Blackboard seeks an Intern to assist as a Digital Associate


College Graduate


Current college student – potential college credit for Juniors and Seniors
Primary Internship responsibilities:

  • Assist with website upgrade.
  • Assist with weekly newsletter creation through iContact.
  • Assist with projects that may require social media presence and brand management.
  • Assist at monthly reading series -2nd Monday of every Month
  • Assist in grant research and donor management


  • MUST be Tech Savvy: iPhone, iPad, Macbook, iCloud, iPhoto, PhotoStream, Dropbox. not required that you have these things, but please be comfortable with them.
  • MUST be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Mail.
  • Proficiency with Pages, and Adobe Photoshop a plus.
  • Social Media proficient: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Should be forward-thinking and a problem solver.
  • Must maintain a very positive attitude

Part Time Flexible Hours 10-12 per week

4 month internship

1 day in Harrison, NY (Westchester County / Metro North)

Other work virtual from home on assigned tasks if necessary through the rest of the week.

The intern must be reliable, computer proficient and feel comfortable working independently.

As an intern with us you will:
-Become familiar with branding and marketing in the entertainment industry.
– Gain exposure and familiarity to many within New York’s Black Theatre Community.
-Have a passion for a grassroots/start-up company and be able to devote your professional life to its growth Responsibilities.

Social Media Blogging, Social Media Communications, Event Marketing Strategy,

Job Type: Part-time

Required experience:

  • Social Media Marketing: 2 years

Required education:

  • Associate

Payment: NYC Subway monthly and Round Trip Metro North Fare

Please send Brief Cover Letter and Resume to: info@blackboardplays.com


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December 2015 Feature – Turron Kofi Alleyne

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SUICIDAL MOMENTS by Turron Kofi Alleyne Monday, December 14, 2015 7:30pm RSVP: info@blackboardplays.com ~wine and refreshments served~ $10 Suggested Donation ABOUT THE PLAY “Suicidal Moments” is a story about Barry Douglass who was deeply stricken the moment his mother was … Continue reading

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