January 2011 Community Discussion: How do I Move FORWARD…?

January always seems to be an inspiring month!

Last year, there was the community discussion about the state of Black Theatre – completely impromptu and this year – another discussion about MOVING FORWARD!

This from Blackboard attendee, Owa and another Black Playwright we have featured, Aurin Squire.

I offered January’s Community Night as a way to have this constructive discussion.

So MONDAY, January 10, 2011 7:30pm @ the cell

Blackboard’s 2nd Community Discussion: HOW DO I MOVE FORWARD AS A WRITER IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE?

We are currently building the panel… if you are interested, email: info@blackboardplays.com

Even if you attend, your voice will be heard in this constructive discussion.  This promises to be a very exciting night!

RSVP: info@blackboardplays.com

~Refreshments will be served~

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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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