Next Reading

Monday, February 20, 2017 | 7:00pm

Future Classics

“Touch My Heart Masterpiece” by Chima Chikazunga.

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



The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents a reading of “Touch My Heart Masterpiece” by Chima Chikazunga


CHIMA CHIKAZUNGA, a native New Yorker. Graduated from Florida State University. He is an actor, writer, and director. As an actor he has performed on stages in New York, Boston, Florida, and New Jersey. As a writer/director , 3 the Hard Way (11th Annual DUTF /LES FESTIVAL FOR THE ARTS)– also semi-finalist 2014 Mentor Project. Sophies Sweet 16 (THEATRE FOR NEW CITY’S DREAM UP FESTIVAL . Readings of his plays The Accidental Kiss (Scratch Night) and For Chance ( new City, New Blood) were both presented by TFNC. For Chance (Dream Up festival 2014) Prior to developing his own work, he has also worked on new plays by an established playwright which received readings at Rattlestick and Cherry Lane. Chima has recently presented his newest work “Touch My Heart Masterpiece” at TFNC on Nov 24, as part of their Scratch Night. “Best Kept Secret” New City, New blood series TFNC. “No One Is promised Tomorrow, Yesterday” CTH Playwrights Playground April 2015. “The Accidental Kiss” (Dream Up Festival 2015) “3 The Hard Way” MITF Summer reading Series 2016, “ The Eye of the Wake” MITF 2016



COLETTE ROBERT is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in New York. Her recent directing credits include; The Mountaintop (Chester Theatre Company), Icons/Idols (The New Ohio/Ice Factory Festival), Hottentotted (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), Flops, Failures, and Fiascos (The Civilians/Let Me Ascertain). Colette is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University.



AUDIENCES: the readings will begin promptly at 7:00pm!


(Attendance is FREE, but reservations are highly recommended)


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.

Feeling hungry?

CTH recommends a visit to these local restaurants, just a few blocks away, following the reading!

For Playwrights

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

Playwrights’ Playground:

  • 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.

Future Classics:

  • 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).

For Actors

For consideration to participate in Playwrights’ Playground, RSVP for the event and arrive promptly at 6:30pm.

Upcoming events:

  • 2/20 Future Classics
  • 3/20 Playwrights’ Playground
  • 4/24 Future Classics
  • 5/22 Playwrights’ Playground
  • 6/26 Future Classics