Literary Series

Emerging Artists. Exciting new works

About The Series

At the core of the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Literary Series is the belief that theater has the transformative power to challenge the status quo, connect disparate worlds of thought, and, ultimately, change the world. Thus, we are invested in the development of work that shifts the conversation around representation in the theater and are dedicated to providing a platform for those voices traditionally underrepresented on the American Stage.

CTH’s Literary Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and the Axe-Houghton Foundation.

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.

CTH asserts that a “Future Classic” promotes courageous and open-minded examination of controversial and critical topics that are at the heart of society. Designed for the emerging professional playwright, Future Classics offers participating writers the opportunity to showcase their new completed works and receive dramaturgical feedback.  Participants work with CTH’s resident dramaturge, a professional director and a dedicated group of actors to showcase a new full-length play.

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

  • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced.
  • Playwrights may submit up only to fifteen (15) pages only for Playwrights’ Playground, or up to one full play for Future Classics.
  • 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).

No phone calls please.

  • Actors can volunteer to be cast in a Playwrights’ Playground reading by arriving thirty minutes early and signing up with our reading coordinator.
  • Future Classics readings are cast in advanced.

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March 28th, 2018,7:00 PM


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New York, NY 10027

Meet the creators

Christopher Marshal

Christopher Marshal

Christopher Marshall is an Adler method and Classical Acting Technique trained actor, who has played nearly 70 roles in various Films and TV shows, acting companies, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Dinner Theatre,  and Off-off Broadway. Some classical roles he played were Claudius in Hamlet, Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing, Paris and Prince in Romeo & Juliet, Glendower in Henry IV, and Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.  He also played Peace in Thoughts of a Colored Man directed by A-list actor, Taye Diggs. Christopher graduated with his MA in Acting from the University of Memphis.  Shortly afterwards, he started his career in NYC continuing to improve his training by focusing on the Stella Adler Acting Method.  He is a National Award Winning Playwright.  His play Voodoo and the Priestess won the National Association for Dramatic and Speech Arts playwright competition in 2012.  He also won a regional 10-minute play festival.  In February, his play Turnabout won at the Player’s Theater SEX festival.

Kit Yan is a Yellow-American New York based artist, born in Enping, China and raised in raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. She says “My art is a dreamspace where queer and transgender subjects can time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a portal into the borderless ancestral past, imagined futures, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful. My dreams lead me to write about the fractures in my life and this world, the times I fucked up, the times I was held accountable by my family and communities, the times of collective struggle on a path towards collective liberation. Above all else, I write about queer love smashing racism, patriarchy, and systemic oppressions.”

Dacyl Acevedo is an Actor/ Writer and member of the River Writers Unit. Her solo show Will Work For, presented at the 10th Annual SoloNova Festival; IRT Theater, LA Women’s Theater Festival, San Diego & DC Fringe and First Person Arts Festival, PA. She’s also contributed to the One Minute Play Festival.
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Simone Wolff is a multi­genre writer and editor whose work focuses on body projects, gendered labor, and all things sexy. As a poet, their work has been published in places like Inpatient, Bone Bouquet, and Souvenir. As an essayist/reviewer/interviewer, in Mask Magazine, Leste and Bookslut. As an editor, they’ve headed up poetry at Nashville Review and book design at Gladfact, and Trans Genre Presses. As a playwright, they have been part of 2016­17 The Civilians R&D Group, a semi­finalist for the 2017 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and in 2018 through WP Theater and The Public, a member of the inaugural cohort of Trans Lab.

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