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Plays/Readings –FREE– New Black Fest *Feb 27, March 16-22

THE NEW BLACK FEST  

 

RSVPS are NOW OPEN 

The New Black Fest at the Lark!

 

March 16-22, 2015

 


 RSVPS ARE OPEN – CLICK HERE

 

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

Reservations
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. 

Location
The Lark’s Barebones Studio

311 W. 43RD ST. 5TH FLOOR (btwn 8TH/9TH AVE.) 

PAPER ARMOR
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.

PANEL EVENT
New Topics in Blackness (the NEW Civil Rights)

Monday, March 16 @7PM

Moderator: Zakiyyah Alexander

Panelists: Kevin Powell, Keli Goff,

Dominique Morisseau,
Frank Leon Roberts

 

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)

7pm

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

LIVE EVENT
Hands Up: Six Playwrights, Six Testaments

Friday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.

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.

View the Museum’s ticketing policy here. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

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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SUPPORT US. DONATE HERE

Please visit our new website.

  

The New Black Fest is supported in part by 

      


and generous donations from YOU!

The New Black Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions for the purposes of The New Black Fest must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 

The New Black Fest

Keith Josef Adkins

Artistic Director

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