The Arthur French Connection

Two participants in last week’s Community Night had events to share with Arthur French:

Fusion Gumbo Writers Workshop led by Arthur French III

For Flow, a play reading featuring Arthur French


Saturdays @ 11am – Shetler Studios 244 W. 54th Street #12 Fusion Gumbo Writers Workshop led by Arthur French III

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ActNow Presents….

New Voices in Theater’s reading of “For Flow”
6:30pm light reception/ 7:15pm Reading of ‘For Flow’
*Followed by a Q and A with writer*

South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
(The Great Room)

*Play Reading*
*’For Flow’ written by Kesav Wable *
*Directed by Kehinde Koyejo*
* *
*”For Flow” by Kesav M. Wable borrows Andrew Beckett’s existential landscape
and transplants two ‘Beckettian’ clownsrappers to a lonely street corner in
the Bronx where they wait for a record producer; they’re later joined by a
woman DJ and Delta Blues guitarist who also meet at this crossroad in search
of their own destinies.*
* *
*Stage Directions – Donald Calliste*
*Dee – Clinton Lowe*
*Kane – Hollis Hayden*
*Roxanne -DJ. Mitchell*
*Broonzy -Arthur French *
* *
*New Voices in Theater Reading Series features the works of new, published
and unpublished playwrights of color. *
* *
*$5 donation suggested*


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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