THEATER ARTS PROGRAM
HARLEM NOW // MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS:
NEW YORK PREMIERE
The Last Saint On Sugar Hill
written by Keith Josef Adkins
directed by Seret Scott
October 29 - November 24
Opening Night - Nov. 1st
Harlem - a mecca for black culture is now home to fancy eateries and a myriad of new residents. Napolean Pettigrew and his sons are die-hard Harlemites and feared property owners who hope to make a profit from this NEW Harlem. However, when they discover one of their properties is a real money-maker, everything they hold sacred—family, loyalty & community—falls apart. Sitting on a gold mine, the Pettigrew men are faced with the biggest decision in their lives—save or destroy the last untouched neighborhood in Harlem.
written by Radha Blank
April 22 - May 18
Businessman Jeb Mercer returns to his decaying hometown with the intent to resurrect his dead father's funeral parlor. But when a local teen becomes the latest casualty in a gang war, Jeb gets caught between a mother’s wish and a gang family’s desire to claim the boy’s body in his final rites of passage. As Jeb's own past is unearthed, he is confronted with a choice: let the family business flounder or profit from the rise in local Black Male Death.
Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege
Dates: February 5-9, 2014
In collaboration with The New Black Fest, the National Black Theatre is producing Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. This will open with a special symposium on February 5th in honor of Trayvon Martin's birthday. The purpose of these plays is to initiate a serious discussion about the issues that this tragic incident - the murder Trayvon Martin - has triggered in our collective communities and invite questions about what is possible in the midst of conflict and resolution. Playwrights: Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller, Dan O'Brien (with 2013 Grammy Winner Quetzal Flores), Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, A. Rey Pamatmat.
Workshop Production Series: I Am Soul - Playwright Residency & Brown University's Rites and Reason Theatre
Date: July 2014
The Workshop Production Series is a week long celebration of plays in different stages of development. After a year of creating a new work two playwrights one from NBT's I Am Soul - Playwright Residency and selected playwright from Brown University's Rites and Reason Theatre will mount thier respective plays. Through this process audiences will be given exclusive insight into the creation of two different plays.
Keep Soul Alive Mondays – Reading Series
Start Date: September 30, 2013
Keep Soul Alive Mondays is a new reading series that showcases the works of nineteen (19) Black Playwrights. The readings take place on the last Monday of every month and start at 7:30 pm at National Black Theatre. Each reading is free with a suggested donation of $10. RSVP - ksa.readin
I Am Soul - Playwright Residency
In celebration of their long history of nurturing Black playwrights, National Black Theatre is launching I Am Soul - Playwright Residency program. The intent of the program is to support the necessary link between Black playwrights and historically black theaters. Selected Black playwrights will develop new plays during a nine (9) month residency. The program will provide the playwright with dramaturgical support, readings, feedback and will culminate in a workshop production of the newly developed piece.
COMMUNICATION ARTS PROGRAM
FERTILE GROUND - ARTIST SHOWCASE
Fertile Ground is an artist showcase that happens every 2nd Thursday of the month. Fertile Ground
is open to the public and features all original works by songwriters, spoken word artists, comedians, dancers and singers in HARLEM! Hosted by Olamide and NBT's House Band led by Bert Price. To submit for Fertile Ground material can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of Fertile Ground - 5 Year Celebration
Date: October 10, 2013
Celebratng 5 years, this special FERTILE GROUND will feature some of the best artists to come through the showcase. This celebration will be hosted by Olamide and NBT's House Band led by Bert Price.
State Of Black Theatre: Moving The Legacy Forward
Dates: August 5-7, 2014
The National Black Theatre will host a national forum for 20 leading voices in the American Theatre to focus on the longevity and sustainability of Black Theatre in America. The three days will consist of two parts: a private round table discussion amongst the 20 practitioners [Think Tank] and public live-streamed conversations [Summit]. The summit is inspired by the online discussion on Howlround.com curated by Jonathan McCrory, NBT’s Director of Theatre Arts Program. This program is partially funded by the MetLife Foundation and supported by the Theatre Communications Group.
Founder’s Day – Sixth Annual Teer Spirit Awards
Date: June 18, 2014
The Sixth Annual TEER Spirit Awards honors and recognizes individuals within the community that exemplify the attributes of three pioneers within National Black Theatre’s history: Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, NBT’s Founding Visionary, Adetunde Samuel, a charismatic producer who headed NBT’s award winning Theatre Arts Program, and Fredrica L. Teer, an institution builder who conceived and organized the foundation that made the idea of National Black Theatre a reality. Outside of these awards, National Black Theatre honors a Pioneer in the field of Black Theatre and gives Special Recognition to individuals for outstanding contributions to their community. The Teer Spirit Awards was inaugurated in 2008 after the passing of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the founder of the National Black Theatre. June 18th is the birth date of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and is called Founder’s Day.
James Baldwin Symposium
Date: August 2nd 2014
The iconic James Baldwin impacted millions throughout the world with his words, thoughts, and bold authentic voice not only in the literary world, but also in the world of social justice and human rights. National Black Theatre, along with the James Baldwin Family, will be celebrating the 90th Birthday of James Baldwin by look back at his life, legacy and the indelible impact he has made on American Theatre and culture.