Schedule of Events
2020 Schedule- All VIA ZOOM
Monday, August 31-
6:30 Meet and Greet-Link will be shared via website and social media platforms
- 6:30-9:30 pm: First rehearsals for New Play Development Workshop plays. (Rehearsals continue nightly from 6-10 pm, through Thursday, September 3. All rehearsal sessions are open to student and public observation.)
Here are the zoom links:
AUGUST 31 | 7:30P - 10:30P
SEPTEMBER 1 - 3 | 6:30P - 10:00P
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Meeting ID: 959 5958 8830
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Friday, September 4
- 7:00 pm: Tribute to Gus Edward- VIA ZOOM
Saturday, September 5
- 12:00-3:00 pm: PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP- Facilitated by Judy Tate VIA ZOOM
- 7:30 pm: New Play Development Workshop reading: Stoop Pigeons by Christin Eve Cato VIA ZOOM
- Stoop Pigeons takes place in the early 2000s when the Bushwick area of Brooklyn was radically gentrifying. We witness the span of a decade that illuminates the culture of the neighborhood and the people who inhabit it. Gentrification can make a neighborhood matriarch like Ms. Suzy get pushed out and make a new "transplant" like Amanda significantly transform the nature of the block. Stoop Pigeons also illustrates how this metaphorization amplifies drug-related crime. As the demographic changes and introduces a new type of client, those who are severely affected are still poor Black and Brown folks. What can we do as neighbors to ensure that nobody gets left behind?
Sunday, September 6
- 12 pm: Final Play Development Workshop reading: Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed by Celeste Bedford Walker VIA ZOOM
Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed examines the tragedy that took place on May 30-June 1, 1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa Oklahoma. In highly segregated Tulsa, Oklahoma, an African American community known as the “Negro Wall Street” grew and thrived. The Greenwood District boasted one of the most affluent African American communities in the country. Black citizens created entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves with a vibrant business district including banks, hotels, cafes, movie theaters, modern homes, and an excellent education system. Then disaster and devastation struck.
Tulsa police arrested a young black man on an unsubstantiated charge. An inflammatory report in the Tulsa Tribune the next day spurred a racial confrontation and the Greenwood District found itself looted and burned for over 24 hours by white mobs. Thirty-six city blocks lay in charred ruins, over 300 black residents were killed, 600 African American businesses burned to the ground, and thousands were left homeless.
Greenwood: American Dream Destroyed tells this powerful story from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.