We invite you to a unique staged reading/benefit to uplift our local community, respond to Orlando and the current status quo, and present stories by a terrific mix of established and emerging playwrights.
Brava Studio Sessions and BACCE present a staged reading of Robert O'Hara's provocative comedy, Bootycandy - a series of short pieces – plays, sermons, sketches – that follows the story of Sutter as he embarks on an outrageous odyssey of his boyhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes in a kaleidoscope of meta-theatrics that weave a portrait of growing up black and gay.
Piernas is the heartfelt story of Cecilia, a Chicana journalist on a trek back home to confront a family secret from the past. Challenges unfold as Mama's illness takes hold on her journey to expose the truth.
In Judy Juanita's new satire on Blackademia, Layla a Black academic on her way to a conference meets Diahlo, the forgotten founder of Black Studies.
Beyond the Bars is a reentry story that focuses on those affected by incarceration and their communities. It is a compilation of first person stories as told to Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga offered as a choreopoem in development of a fully staged play.
Lil’ Morena, is a elusive young pop sensation. At least, that’s who she is at the moment. The young diva is full of secrets, but she has survived that way since 1715. Now, after 300 years, she’s sick. The only thing that can save her is locked in box somewhere in the home of her recently deceased lover, Josefa. Lil has to get herself together, for her fans, her staff and herself without the love of her life. Maravilla is a story about the fragility of a love that has taken centuries to find and what happens when it dies.
In the last months of 1999, Fidelia moves to the San Francisco Mission District to live with her tía Carmelita unaware that the beautiful and powerful Alcira is setting a trap for her. Intent on surviving the next millennium, Alcira forces a showdown with Fidelia who must discover her true self and unlock her dormant powers if she is to survive.
The six plays that comprise Facing Our Truth were commissioned by New Black Fest, under the direction of Artistic Director, Keith Josef Adkins, in response to the death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman.