LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER – DECEMBER 2014 Feature by KHALIL KAIN

LTS Khalil Kain Dec 2 2014

With both Ferguson and Staten Island on our minds, the planning of Khalil Kain’s “Lambs to Slaughter” was purely coincidental.    Nevertheless, the customary talk-back following Kain’s reading will surely become a tangential discussion on both.

Blackboard is here for that and so we invite you to attend our reading tomorrow evening, Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:30pm @ the cell to hear the story of how one woman deals with her personal life following her son’s death at the hands of gun violence and contribute to the playwright’s process while dealing with your one feelings regarding the recent events in our nation.

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Lambs To Slaughter tells the story of a mourning single mother living alone now in the city after the murder of her son Emmett. Her name is Joan. Time seems to stand still for Joan as she is overwhelmed by her grief. With help from her neighbor and best friend Athena and the care of her good friend Paul, Joan is able to wrestle with the memories of her son Emmett.  Like Athena and Paul, Emmett wants to make sure that his mother safely navigates her mourning process. The loss of a child will always be devastating, but the loss of a child to gun violence could easily be too much to bear for any parent. There is no escape for Joan. Or is there? Love and a life away from this dark place is offered to Joan by Paul. Can Joan learn to love with her broken heart? With the help of her friends and encouragement from her son, Joan is able to make the choice that allows her to live again.

Featuring…

W. Tre Davis as EMMETT

Tracie Franklin as JOAN

Pamela Monroe as ATHENA

$10 Suggested Donation

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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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