Literary Series

Emerging Artists. Exciting new works


Future Classics

Stoop Pidgeons

by Christin Eve Cato

January 27th

7:00 PM | Samuels Studio, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza.


Playwrights’ Playground

Selected playwrights

Actors cast night of

February 24th

6:00 PM | Samuels Studio, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza.


Christin Eve Cato (playwright) is a NYC based performer and writer. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University (Bloomington) where she was just recently awarded the ​Jason W. Stradtman Award​ for playwriting. She completed her BA degree from Fordham University, and is also a graduate from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. Cato is affiliated with NYC theater companies, Pregones/PRTT (ensemble member); INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52 ensemble member); Hip-Hop Theatre Company, Rhymes Over Beats (producing member).​ ​Born and raised in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Cato’s artistic style is heavily influenced by Caribbean culture, the Afrolatinx diaspora, and the dynamics of urban/inner-city life. Other plays include: ​What’s Up With Marjorie? ​(Teatro Vivo); ​From Hunts Point To Whitlock ​(Pregones Theater/Harlem9); Jellybeans For Memories​ (The Silverton Theater Mine); and ​Just A Visit ​(“More Than Maria” Festival @ Play Your Part Seattle).

Other credits include: ​New York Theater:​ Dancing in My Cockroach Killers (PRTT); Job (World Premiere/ The Flea Theater); I Hate Fucking Mexicans (World Premiere/The Flea Theater); Reclaiming Our Time (Joe’s Pub @ The Public); Shadow Box (Open Hydrant Theater Co.); Satyricoño (INTAR); Marfa Lights (INTAR); The Beacons (New York Premiere/ INTAR); Ribbon About a Bomb (Exquisite Corpse Company at Governor’s Island); Showtime (MITF​) Regional:​ Patience, Fortitude, and other Anti-Depressants (LA Premiere/The LATC); We Have Ire (San Francisco Premiere/ Yerba Buena Cultural Center for the Arts); Dancing In My Cockroach Killers (Gala Theater/DC)​. Other Awards:​ Best Supporting Actress,​ City Stars, Different Faces, Different Voices International Women’s Film Festival.
IG: @lady_cato87

Lou Moreno (director) was the recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace fellowship for Directing in Theater, serving as the Associate Artistic Director of INTAR. While there, he produced Kissing Fidel by Eduardo Machado (director Michael John Garcés), Tight Embrace by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (director Lisa Peterson) and points of departure by Michael John Garcés (director Ron Daniels). In the fall of 2006, he joined Obie Award-winning Rattlestick Playwrights Theater as the Associate Artistic Director. Recent New York directing credits include: 7th Inning Stretch All Star Edition at the Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ; Fresh Play Festival at MCC 2006/2007; Kingdom, by Aaron Jafferis and Ian Williams; End of the Line by the MCC Youth Company; Rock/Paper/Scissors by Ben Snyder (New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater); The Bigger Man by Sam Marks (Partial Comfort Productions); and Blues for a Gray Sun by Nilaja Sun (INTAR).  Regionally, he has directed Maggie Maggalita at SUNY Brockport, and he assisted Tim Farrell on the Geva Theatre production of Pyretown  by John Beluso.  In Chiapas, Mexico, he assisted Michael John Garcés on Siempre Mexico con Nosotros with the writers’ collective Sna Jtz’ ibajom. Lou is currently in development on the 2007 PGF Special Project Grant, Rikers Hott, and is an Associate Producer with The 24-Hour Company.  He also teaches playwriting for Manhattan Theatre Club at Riker’s Island RNDC Youth Facility.

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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