Angel Dillemuth – Playwright – how i survive

Angel Dillemuth is from the Southeast Bronx; a graduate of The Actor’s Studio Drama School (Actor), member of Bronx Repertory Company and Manhattan Rep. Angel is a new playwright who began writing to give himself and other actors work. How I Survive being his fourth play. His plays have appeared at Manhattan Rep., The Tank and at Lehman College where he received his bachelors. He would like to thank Daryl, and the Blackboard Reading Series for this opportunity.


Name, Theatre Background…

Angel Dillemuth. Started acting in Church Show when I was a child. Began really studying acting at Lehman College and got my MFA at the Actor’s Studio Drama School.

Why is it important for you to be part of series devoted to Black Playwrights?

I have an opportunity to share my experiences and life with like minded individuals who most likely have dealt with many of the same struggles as myself. Also it is a privilege to be part of this amazing community of talented writers of color.

What is important to you about a Black Community of Artists?

As a an artist of the black community it is important to teach, continue learning and support each other.

What does your play say about the Black Community to you?

My play examines society and how people feel trapped in it. These particular two characters realize there’s a bigger world out there and instead of supporting each other it’s a power struggle. This is an on going factor in not just black communities but in all. However, in the ghetto it’s mostly people of color and there’s a real lack of education and support which needs to change.

How did you begin writing this play?

I first got the idea for this play while in my first year at The Actor’s Studio during an exercise called the Circle Dance led by Elizabeth Kemp. It was so powerful and there was such a love and power unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. And I wanted to explore this. I did a ton of work on the two characters and put in elements of myself and people I know from life or might’ve seen or heard about. I simply explored the characters focusing more on them than the story. The story is a common tale but in these character’s world and circumstance.


About blackboardplays

Familiar with the collectives for poets and other Black writers that had been created over the years and slightly envious of that sense of community, I became curious about a similar place for playwrights. I wanted to see Black playwrights, actors and directors excited over each others work and supporting each other. I was longing for a “home” as a Black playwright and wanted to see other Black artists in that home, not to be exclusive, but because there was a void. I was also eager to find other Black playwrights who shared a passion for the craft of storytelling. The stories of the Black community are diverse and are often hidden behind the blockbuster stereotyped versions. The non-artistic Black community, not involved in the writing of these stories, is yearning to see themselves in our stories and it is apart of my life’s work to ensure that happens. the cell is any artists’ dream: a new space that supports you as you grow, committed to new work and the art. This allows the writer to focus on the craft - to focus on their story. Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring welcomed this idea with open arms and instantly became apart of what we later called “Blackboard Reading Series”. Every reading will conclude a twenty minute talk-back with the audience. Dialogue with the community is essential to what we want to do with the series. As we grow, there may be more readings a month, play festivals and of course productions. We want to nurture and develop new black playwrights for this generation! Thank You! Garlia Cornelia Jones Founder, Blackboard Reading Series
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One Response to Angel Dillemuth – Playwright – how i survive

  1. cisco says:

    Im a great supporter for Angel Dillemuth. He is a wonderful person, playwright, and actor. I was really impressed with this work and see Angel making it very far!

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