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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

#blackstoriesmatter: Lekethia Dalcoe and Slope No.12

It’s Thursday, and we are much later than usual in sharing with you about Monday’s reading.  This week has been full of frozen emotion as two more murders took place. Alton Sterling Philando Castile As Black storytellers, the playwrights that … Continue reading

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May 2016 Community Night

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Have Pages? Monday’s Community is for you – Playwrights – Bring 10 pages of new work / work you want to hear and Actors, bring yourselves for the opportunity to cold read new work! Monday, May 23, 2016 7:30pm @nancy … Continue reading

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Monday, February 15, 2016 Our first “Man Crush” or “Man Candy” is none other than playwright, Aurin Squire! Aurin’s play, “Friendly Fire”was the second Blackboard Feature back in 2008! Since then, Aurin has exploded! Aurin is both an exemplary playwright … Continue reading

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Our Women Playwright Crushes of the week!

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Our Women Crushes of the Week are Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira! Here’s a story In 2005, my senior year of college, I had the pleasure of meeting Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira during my spring break trip to New … Continue reading

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Special Black History Month 2016 Events

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HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Something feels different this year about Black History Month – namely #oscarssowhite… If one can call it a movement, then maybe we are in the midst of real change. Spike Lee wants us, black creators, “In … Continue reading

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Blackboard seeks Digital Associate Intern

Are you a fit? Submit your resume – we’d love to meet you! Continue reading

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December 2015 Feature – Turron Kofi Alleyne

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SUICIDAL MOMENTS by Turron Kofi Alleyne Monday, December 14, 2015 7:30pm RSVP: ~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 … Continue reading

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