September 2015 FEATURE – How to Eat an Oreo by CHANEL GLOVER


In How to Eat an Oreo, two teen summer camps sit a stone’s throw apart. Fatima has fled the gay-to-straight conversion center, and is hiding out in Gideon’s room at weight loss camp. While Fatima awaits the sunset to make her official escape to Wal-Mart, her and Gideon navigate around one another, sometimes crashing into to each other, as they both confront the ‘cruelties’ of how they believe the universe made them.


Chanel E GloverChanel Glover is a ‘trained’ lawyer who dabbles in playwriting, and desires most to be the first Black (Lesbian) Superwoman to rid the world of menacing stereotypes with just the stroke of her pencil. In May 2014, she completed an MFA in playwriting at Ohio University where her full-length plays How to Eat an OreoBlack as the Dirt and They’re Not Rappers have received staged readings at Ohio University’s Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival in April 2014, April 2013 and June 2012, respectively. She most recently served as one of six playwrights in terraNOVA Collective’s Grounbreakers Playwrights Group, where she had a staged reading of her workshopped play How to Eat an Oreo in April 2015.

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Toccara_Castleman_HeadshotToccara Castleman is a writer/actress/human (triple threat!) originally from Chicago, IL, currently based in NYC. I enjoy speaking in the first person and here’s my website,, learn all about my Internet self, there.

Anthony MerchantAnthony Vaughn Merchant has been working in theatre for the past 15 years. From Macbeth in California, to The Master and Margarita in Kansas City to, Three Sisters in Cincinnati to Hamlet in New York City. Most recently Anthony was pleased to be a part of the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of The Tempest. When he is not working on his own projects Anthony takes great pride working with Epic Theatre Ensemble helping under serviced high school students who are interested in the arts get into college.


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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