March 2011 Community Night – A lot of New Faces

I love Community Nights!

I get butterflies in my stomach, wondering who might walk through the door and what work might be shown.  Monday, March 14th was no different!  3 New playwrights!  New Actors and 1hour and a half of reading and discussing new work!   If that’s not successful, I don’t know what is!

Jason’s reflection on Hurricane Katrina brought a lot of feedback.

Tom also took us back to the south, but nearly 40 years earlier, leaving us all wanting more!

Wilette ended the night on a light note, with girlfriends gabbing overing men at a birthday celebration!  We were truly in stitches!

We ended the evening exchanging business cards, contact information, headshots and a group photo for some.



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 March 2011 Community Night – A lot of New Faces

  1. RVCBard says:

    It was a really interesting lineup for community night. Depending on when the next one is, I may have pages for a new piece by then. But I might still be busy with Tulpa, or Anne&Me (check out our IndieGoGo campaign here – really proud of text and pic I did!).

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