Plays/Readings –FREE– New Black Fest *Feb 27, March 16-22
All events are free and will take place in the Lark’s BareBones Studio; reservations are required. Reservations can be made starting Monday, February 16. Visit www.thenewblackfest.org/ for more information.
The New Black Fest at The Lark
March 16 – 22
All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are now open. To reserve click the RSVP button below each event, or CLICK HERE
Be Part of the Community
Talkbacks will follow each reading. A reception will follow the panel on March 16
and the final reading on March 22.
The Lark’s Barebones Studio
311 W. 43RD ST. 5TH FLOOR (btwn 8TH/9TH AVE.)
by Eisa Davis
March 18 @7PM
In 1930, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston wrote a play together, MULE BONE, that promptly destroyed their friendship. In this piece of historically inspired speculative fiction, their stenographer, Louise Thompson Patterson, looks on from an afterworld where the future (and past) of black letters hang in the balance.
RIVER SEE/THEATRICAL JAZZ & AESTHETIC SCHOLARSHIP by Sharon Bridgforth
& Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
March 17 @7PM
Through conversation, improvisational performance and scripted text, theatrical jazz artists Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones present RIVER SEE, THEATRICAL JAZZ & AESTHETIC SCHOLARSHIP, an exploration of theatrical jazz that considers how race, gender, and class play important roles in creating a form that speaks to social, artistic and sexual transgressions, and freedom of expression.
SCHWARTZ GEMACHT OR KLAUS FINDS HIS BLACKNESS by Alexander Thomas
March 19 @7PM
Set in 1938, Berlin. Drawing on research on the lives of Afrodeutscher (Afro-Germans), the play imagines a story that examines questions of self and citizenship through the eyes of a patriotic Afrodeutscher actor. Proud to serve his country, he appears in propaganda films calling for the return of Germany’s former African colonies. An encounter with an African-American musician and activist leads to questions about identity and the treatment of people of color both in Germany and in the United States.
AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME
by Dennis A. Allen II
March 20 @7PM
Emmanuel Prince is a black civil rights activist, a well-known pundit; he has multiple books on the Times best-sellers list; is a US ambassador; is married to beautiful woman and has a son about to graduate college as salutatorian. Emmanuel Prince also has a secret sexual addiction that could destroy his family and career. AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME (formally known as NIGGER FETISH) explores race, identity, fetishes and the shame that keeps us addicted to a cycle of pain.
BARS AND MEASURES
by Idris Goodwin
March 21 @7PM
Loosely based on real events, BARS AND MEASURES is the fascinating tale of two brothers. One a classical pianist; the other a jazz bassist. One a Christian; the other a Muslim. One living in freedom; the other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A journey through faith, family, melody and time.
BARS AND MEASURES was commissioned by B Street Theatre in Sacramento.
ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY
by Christina Anderson
March 22 @3PM
Simone The Believer, a popular online guru, decides to leave the virtual and enter the real when she discovers Gait City, Oregon’s complicated history of displacing its Black residents. She sets out to reclaim the city as a “Black mecca.” She and her assistant D settle in Gait City, then the mission takes an unexpected turn. When her online call to join a real world community goes unanswered, Simone must decide what she’s willing to do to ignite movement in the age of “hashtag” activism.
New Topics in Blackness (the NEW Civil Rights)
Monday, March 16 @7PM
Moderator: Zakiyyah Alexander
Panelists: Kevin Powell, Keli Goff,
Frank Leon Roberts
Theater. Music. Conversation.
SOME MORE STUFF!
Friday, February 27
The New Black Fest in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image
presents HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments
(with the company and director of the National Black Theater’s production)
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Hands Up: Six Playwrights, Six Testaments
Presented in collaboration with The New Black Fest in association with the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Sparked by the nation-wide conversation and activism surrounding police and societal targeting of African Americans, The New Black Fest commissioned six playwrights to write monologues and performance essays reflecting on their experience of being black men in America.
The evening features the work of playwrights Dennis Allen II, Idris Goodwin, Eric Holmes, Nathan James, Glenn Gordon, and Nathan Yungerburg performed by the cast of the National Black Theatre production, and directed by Jonathan McCrory. The performance will be followed by a conversation led by Keith Josef Adkins, Artistic Director of The New Black Fest.
Tickets are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Click here to reserve your ticket today.
Friday, March 27
The New Black Fest in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image
presents NEW BLACK SHORTS
(an evening of short film screenings)
Featuring Stone Cars by Reinaldo Green (2013 – 14m), Train by Darius Clark Monroe (2010 – 7m), The Boldest, the Bravest by Moon Molson (2014 – 17m), First Baptist by Nedra McClyde (2013 – 19m), Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii (2012 – and more….
MORE INFO SOON!
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The New Black Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
The New Black Fest
Keith Josef Adkins
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