Next Reading

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Playwrights’ Playground

Actors arrive at 6:30 PM
Audiences: The show will begin promptly at 7:00 PM!

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



Meet the Playwrights

Sheyenne Javonne Brown
Sheyenne Javonne BrownPlaywright
Sheyenne Javonne Brown (AEA) is a native New Yorker with an MFA in acting from Columbia University School of the Arts.  Her one woman show, Shower Me, was featured in the 2014 Fringe NYC Festival, and was later published as a part of Indie Theater Now’s “Best of Fringe 2014” series. When Sheyenne is not writing plays, poems, and facebook statuses that are too long, she is acting, planning events, and mothering her two toddler boys, Cullen Sloane and Caius Jove. Sheyenne is also a proud ensemble member of Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop (BRTW) which aims to be a key force in the effort to create, produce and demand conscious and critical media.
Shelley McPherson
Shelley McPhersonPlaywright
Shelley McPherson is a New York-based actor and writer and the book-writer for Seeing Stars, which was first performed in a concert reading at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, featuring Kelli O’Hara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Seeing Stars, with music and lyrics by the award-winning Breithaupt Brothers, received a developmental workshop at The York Theatre in New York, and was one of 12 Next Link musicals jury selected for production at NYMF, at The Theatre at St. Clement’s (directed by Jenn Thompson, choreographed by Liza Gennarro, and with fight direction by the Tony Award-winning BH Barry). Seeing Stars has been a finalist for developmental workshops at NAMT and The O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference. Boomerang Theatre Company chose Shelley’s play, Exit Zero, for their First Flight Reading Series in 2013. Her play, Mommy Baby, was a finalist in the Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition and was chosen for Boomerang Theatre Company’s 2014 First Flight Developmental Reading Series (directed by Martha Banta, featuring Keira Naughton, Laurie Wells, Todd Gearhart, and Molly Carden). Knifeplay received its first reading as part of the Lafayette Salon Series at The Players Club. Her one-act plays include Tender is the Night, The Show Must Go On, and Be Mine, all produced in Boomerang Theatre Company’s Rock ‘N’ Roles, three years in a row. Her play, Lady Doc, about Emily Stowe, a pioneering Canadian doctor, is included in 365 Women a Year. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA. M.A.: Northwestern University.
Adiagha Faizah
Adiagha FaizahPlaywright
Adiagha Faizah is a Barrymore award-winning actress, emerging playwright and vocalist from Brownsville Brooklyn, NY with formal training through The Negro Ensemble Company, The Barrow Group and Susan Batson Studio. She holds an M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Howard University, a B.S. in Psychology from Bennett College For Women and is the Visionary Founder and Co-host of The G.O.O.DLife, a podcast and lifestyle brand on Adiagha’s goal is to interface multi-platforms of artistic expression as a means of creating limitless opportunities for women of color within the performance arts community. Visit
Paris Clayton III
Paris Clayton IIIPlaywright
Paris is a playwright/actor/director new to the city. In the arts since the age of six, he has performed around the country. His plays have been produced in St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, and New York. In 2012 he started his own theatre company in called Rising Sage theatre where he is currently the artistic director. Learn more about him at

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