Deaon Griffin Pressley: October 2015 Feature

THE TRAGEDY AT HOOD:14542 (Hoodsical)

Written by Deaon Griffin Pressley

Staged Reading Directed by Doug E. Doug


Deaon Griffin PresleyDeaon Griffin-Pressley is a native of North Lauderdale, Florida. Playwrighting credits include: Valentines Night (Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring Festival 2010), Satan VS God (Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2014) Kings of Kulture & Kush (DC Black Theater Festival 2014) and The Tragedy At HOOD:14542 Hoodsical (Fringe Festival NYC 2014) False Brotherhood (New Federal Theatre 2015) He is currently a member of the Lark Emerging Black Playwrights Group 2015 with the Liberation Theatre Company instructed by Sandra Daley. Deaon has also written over 174 Sonnets.

Vengeance and greed blind the citizens of Hood:14542, during a harsh awakening of the gentrification epidemic.

Yellow Man faces infamy as he returns to rehabilitate the hood. While his equally stubborn brother and other neighborhood dwellers are determined to save it.

Race, ego, lust, and blood rule this play in an impassioned debate of community and opportunity.

~Reading followed by a 20 minute talkback~

$10 Suggested Donation







Doug E. Doug

Douglas Bourne HeadshotsIn his twenty year career, Doug E. Doug has established himself as and writer, producer and actor with a flair for both comedy and drama.  He started off as a stand-up comic in New York City.  He was seen at the Apollo Theater by Russell Simmons. Impressed by Doug, Simmons asked him to write, and host a syndicated late-night program Simmons produced called The New Music Report.

Doug is well-known to movie viewers for his starring role as the spirited pushcart operator turned bobsled racer in the feature film Cool Runnings.  He is also known for his roles as a ne’er do well in Hangin’ with the Homeboys for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, class comedian in Class Act, a soldier enlisted for an unusual duty in Operation Dumbo Drop, an ill-fated high school student in Dr. Giggles and the hilarious FBI agent in That Darn Cat.  In the Warner Brothers science fiction comedy Eight Legged Freaks, he portrayed a paranoid small-town radio host with visions of an alien invasion.  In the animated DreamWorks film, Shark Tale, his is the voice of Bernie the jellyfish.  His entrée into film began when he spoke one line in Spike Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues.  He was seen in the independent film , “Detachment” with Oscar winners Adrian Brody and Marsha Gay Harden

On television, Doug starred in the ABC series Where I Live, a show developed around his life in which he served as co-producer.  He co-hosted the VH-1 series Rock of Ages and spent four seasons starring as the character Griffin in the television series Cosby.  On the Nickelodeon animated show, Little Bill, Doug’s is the voice of Percy the pet store owner. Doug has appeared on Sesame Street and has guest starred in Touched by An Angel, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Conviction, Blue Bloods and was seen recurring on the FX series Justified.  His latest T.V. project is “The Douglife Show” it is available V.O.D on UHETV powered by Dish Network.

Doug made his debut as a director/producer with the film Citizen James, in which he also co-wrote and starred.  Citizen James aired on Starz Movies.

In 2009 He served as co- writer of Slap the Donkey – a documentary chronicling Al Sharpton’s bumpy and brilliant 2004 presidential bid.

He served as production consultant on Children of fire- a documentary about South African children burned in kerosene fires and their quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It aired on the Documentary Channel.

His upcoming films are the Martin Scorsese produced, “The Wannabe”, a comedy ”Muddy Corman” ,and a thriller called The Projectionist, the first completed film available for digital download on Kickstarter. It was renamed, An Act of War. It is streaming now on Netflix.



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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