Reading Series

Free readings of exciting new works

UpNext

Playwrights’
Playground

November 20th, 2017,7:00 PM

@ 4 Columbus Circle, 2nd Fl.
New York, NY

 

Meet the playwrights

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Marcus Scott is a journalist, reporter, playwright, musical theater writer, songwriter, dramaturge, sketch comic and blogger. His work has appeared in Soule, Elle, Essence, Uptown, Trace, Giant, Hello Beautiful, NewsOne, The Urban Daily, Madame Noire, Styleblazer, Clutch, Out, The Underwear Expert, Bleu, Krave and Artvoice, among others. His has also penned multiple interviews, columns and articles for Broadway Black, Playbill, Edge Media Group, New York Theatre Guide, Backstage, Passport’s “The Broadway Blog” and serves as a writing fellow for Ryan Scott Oliver’s Crazy Town Blog. Scott has appeared in interviews and features conducted by NPR, American Theatre, Broadway World, Stage Buddy, Hotspots!, and Very Good Light. Scott was the 2016-17 Musical Theatre Fellow at Playwrights Horizons where he assisted Kirsten Childs on the New York Premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale.Scott is a graduate of Buffalo State University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications (Print Journalism) and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting), and is alum of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Mai Sennaar

Mai Sennaar

Following a successful two-month run in NYC, Mai Sennaar’s play The Fall of the Kings (2015) is currently under consideration by a Broadway producer. Sennaar has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, the Bronx Times, Uptown Magazine, the Afro-American Newspaper and Bronx Net Television to name a few media outlets. The Players (NYC), The National Black Theatre (NYC), NYU’s Goldberg Theatre and RepStage Regional Theatre (MD) are among venues that have presented her work. Sennaar’s work as a director and writer also includes several short films. One of her plays, The Broken Window Theory premiered at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC starring Tony-award winner Tonya Pinkins, directed by Tony nominee Michele Shay. She has also recently been appointed as a bookwriter on a new musical on the life of legend Cab Calloway, by his daughter Cecelia Lael Calloway. Sennaar’s short story The Swiss, Mother Eve, was recently selected for publication in the African American Review at Johns Hopkins Univerity Press. Profoundly impacted by a childhood spent in Senegal, Sennaar’s work expresses her fascination with trans-Atlantic and multi-generational stories.

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Molly Horan is currently a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop as a lyricist. Her plays have been performed at The PIT and as part of Duende Theatre’s That’s What She Said Festival. She has her MFA in writing for children and young adults and currently teaches creative writing and composition at NYU, Lehman College, and Baruch College.

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Héctor Humberto Amaya is an award-winning playwright who has penned approximately two-dozen plays. Besides writing plays, he also writes short stories and poems. Additionally, he is an educator, critic and translator. In 2001, the Alley Theatre selected his play Fifty as one of the winners of its annual Houston Young Playwrights’ Exchange. Three years later, the same play became the first-ever student-written play to be produced by the University of North Texas’ Theatre Department. From 2005-2007, he worked on a translation of Lope de Vega’s sixteenth-century play Castelvines y Monteses, which he saw performed by UNT’s Theatre Department in 2005 and two years later by the historic Rose Theatre in London. Some of his other plays have been produced in Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Chicago. He is a member of Theatre Communications Group, Scriptworks, The Dramatists Guild of America, and the Playwrights’ Center.

ComingSoon

Future Classics

OCTOBER 30, 2017,7PM

4 Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor
(@ 1, 2, A,B,C, D trains to Columbus Circle)

FEATURING

#NewSlaves

by Keelay Gipson

 
Keelay Gipson

Keelay Gipson

Meet the playwright

Keelay Gipson (Playwright) is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an activist, teaching artist, and award-winning playwright whose plays include CRH (O’Neill Semi-Finalist, AADA Main Stage Live!), Nigger/Faggot (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), The Lost (Or, How to Just Be), What I Tell You in the Dark (Premiere Stages Finalist), and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friederich schiller’s classic play(BAM Next Wave Festival). He is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) at New Dramatists and recently finished work as a Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Administration of Children’s Services working with LGBTQ foster youth. His play #NewSlaves was recently completed during his residency at the MacDowell Colony.  He is currently a part of P73’s Interstate 73 Writers’ Group. His work has been seen/developed at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He has been a Playwriting Fellow with The Amoralists Theater Company and Lambda Literary.  He was a Finalist for NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship.  He was a Semi-Finalist for Rising Circle Theater Collective INKTank and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights’ Conference.

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Meet the director

Zi Alikhan (Director) Zi is excited to collaborate with Keelay again after directing N/F at HERE and What I Tell You in the Dark at The Wild Project. OTHER DIRECTING: Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us (Keen Company), Where Have You Gone. and The Maids (Williamstown), House of Joy (Juilliard), Lippa’s Wild Party (Yale), Spring Awakening (Sarah Lawrence). ASSISTING: Six Degrees of Separation (Broadway), The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown), It Should Been You! (Broadway), Ripcord (Manhattan Theatre Club). ALUM: Drama League Directors Project and Artist Residency Program, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, MTC Alper Fellowship, NYU/Tisch. UPCOMING: Resident Director, Hamilton: An American Musical (Philip Tour). THANKS: Keelay, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Ben/Abrams. zialikhan.com.

About The Series

Playwrights’ Playground

Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

Future Classics

CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” is a play of social significance that has the potential to stand the test of time. It tackles large-scale economic, political, or cultural issues. A Future Classic promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society.

Revisited Classics

CTH’s Revisited Classics are readings of original classic plays, or new adaptations of classics, as seen through the unique Classical Theatre of Harlem lens.

For Playwrights

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.

Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please.

  • Plays may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit only one full-length play.
  • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
  • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted.
  • Playwrights should also include a brief author’s bio and/or resume.
  • Playwrights may also submit a play synopsis (250 words).

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