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.

Submissions for CTH’s 2017/2018 Literary Series are now closed. CTH will begin accepting submissions for the 2018/2019 series in summer of 2018. Please check back for more up to date information!
Submissions for CTH’s 2017/2018 Literary Series are now closed. CTH will begin accepting submissions for the 2018/2019 series in summer of 2018. Please check back for more up to date information!
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.
Submissions for CTH’s 2017/2018 Literary Series are now closed. CTH will begin accepting submissions for the 2018/2019 series in summer of 2018. Please check back for more up to date information!

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 readings@cthnyc.org. 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.

UpNext

Future Classics

Oct. 29th, 2018,7:00 PM

Tempeh and Brussels Sprouts Drizzled in Bacon Grease

by Johnalynn Holland

SYNOPSIS

Lori Sunshine is a woman who has found herself at the bottom of a downward spiral that hovers over her life like a tornado over an Oklahoma trailer park.

She succumbed to the pressures of her bougie Black family’s expectation of marriage and home ownership. Now divorced and drowning in debt, Lori relies on interactions with her life coach, Ty’Yeezus, to help pull herself together and resume her life.

NEW LOCATION!

Samuels Teaching Studio,
Samuel B. & David Rose Building,
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7th floor,
Rose Building

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JOHNALYNN HOLLAND is an painter and writer from Emporia, Virginia. She holds a B.A. in Media Arts from The Atlanta College of Art and attended Howard University’s Graduate Film Program. She was a writer-in-residence with the Rhode Island Writers Colony and a Screenwriting Fellow with the ABC/Disney New Talent Development Program.

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