December 2015 Feature – Turron Kofi Alleyne

SUICIDAL MOMENTS

by Turron Kofi Alleyne

Monday, December 14, 2015

7:30pm

RSVP: info@blackboardplays.com

~wine and refreshments served~

$10 Suggested Donation

ABOUT THE PLAY

“Suicidal Moments” is a story about Barry Douglass who was deeply stricken the moment his mother was killed and his father was paralyzed in a car accident. Despite this hardship; Barry’s older brother Vilmos became a very successful doctor, and his father, Clifford, is in good spirits after losing his wife, but Barry took a different path and ended up in prison. He comes home after serving a 7 year sentence and is still haunted by dark images of his past. Although he receives support from his family and his old schoolmate Sasha, society is slow to embrace him and his road to recovery seems endless – until the one moment that changed everything.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

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TURRON KOFI ALLEYNE

Some of Mr. Alleyne’s film & television credits include: RED HOOK SUMMER directed by Spike Lee, SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME with Lawrence Fishburne, INVINCIBLE with Mark Wahlberg, BLACKOUT with Zoe Saldana, co-starring roles in PERSON OF INTEREST, FOREVER, LAW & ORDER and more!

His Theater credits include: RESURRECTION by Daniel Beaty & directed by Oz Scott (performed @: Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company); TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Mike Alfreds (performed @: Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, England), FLY directed by Richardo Khan (performed @: Lincoln Center in NYC & Crossroads Theatre), and more. Mr. Alleyne has also been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble for the production of RESURRECTION.

Along with his film, TV, & theater credits, Alleyne has also landed many national commercials; which include: Kay Jewelers, McDonald’s, Pepsi & many more! Mr. Alleyne received his BFA in theater arts acting at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts; which is one of the top ranked conservatories for theater arts.

When Mr. Alleyne isn’t in front of the camera or on stage, you may sometimes find him in the director’s seat. Bringing together an ensemble cast or a cast of one! His director credits include: MILK CARTON MOLLY – The Musical, TOPDOG UNDERDOG, AFRICAN EXTRAVAGANZA, and HOPE – One Man, One Show.

Aside from his acting career, Mr. Alleyne is happily married to his wife Yakini Alleyne and father to their son Malachi, and to their daughter Nakaia. Mr. Alleyne is also a spoken-word and hip-hop artist. His debut CD is titled “GOD’s Words”; which was released in 2012. And his first EP titled “No More Playing Small” is set to come out soon!

Mr. Alleyne honors, thanks, and dedicates his life, ministries, & career to……….Jesus Christ.

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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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One Response to December 2015 Feature – Turron Kofi Alleyne

  1. MV W says:

    Where is the play to be held? Thanks.

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