We sure know how to pick ’em – NIKKOLE SALTER

Nikkole Salter HSIn April of 2009, during Blackboard’s first year, we featured Nikkole Salter’s “Repairing a Nation” – it was Directed by Radha Blank.

Our April of 2011’s Featured Reading “featured” another of Nikkole’s play’s CARNAVAL.  It was our 1st ever repeat playwright in a “feature”.

I met Nikkole in 2005 during her run with Danai Gurira  of “In the Continuum” at the Perry Street Theater.

When you’ve stayed in contact with an artist like Nikkole in this city, I think that means something.  I am more than thrilled that Nikkole’s work has been with Blackboard from the very beginning and it is really exciting that CARNAVAL is being produced by Luna Stage from January to March.

Both of Nikkole’s plays that have passed through Blackboard live in very special worlds – check out the flyer, description and click the link to purchase tickets to the show January – March, 2013!

It is exciting to see what being part of this space for artists to have their plays featured can do.  It is not a dead end, but only the beginning!

We most definitely have the generosity of Nancy Manocherian, Kira Simring and the cell community to continually thank for believing in what we do.

~Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly~

carnaval electronic flyer


A year ago in Brooklyn, two young men mourned the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor they decided then and there that, despite their differences, no matter where life took them, they would take care of his younger brother and get together on the anniversary of his death to celebrate the life he should have had. So, on a cold day in the winter of 1996, these three twenty-somethings board a plane for Rio De Janeiro for a taste of the good life: sun, fun and, of course, women paid to serve – What better way to pay homage to a fallen friend? But what starts out as a joyride takes an unexpected turn and the three sex tourists find themselves in a situation that will change their friendships and their lives forever.
*Please Note: this play contains explicit content and language

Visit LunaStage.org for more info!




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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