In our expanded commitment to the development of new plays, the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival presents  our New Works Reading Series by new and emerging playwrights. Established in 1986, the series originally featured concert readings, providing playwrights an opportunity to work with a creative team of theatre professionals, while also offering audiences a first look at the work and a unique insight into the playwriting process. In the summer of 2010, the DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival expanded the program, renaming it the New Works Reading Series. This revamped series included workshops, productions, and interactive concert readings. After each performance, talk-backs with members of the artistic team are held to encourage dialogue between audiences and artists. Come join us, as we partner with the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, in search of the next new voice in the American theatre canon.

   Saturday - June 24, 2017

 

    Time:                                                   Performance:

 

    10am - 11:30am                              Save the Children by Tyler Powell

    10am - 11:30am                              You Wouldn't Expect by Marilyn Barner-Anselmi

 

    Noon - 1:30pm                                 Making Change  by Reggie Small

    Noon - 1:30pm                                 We Are the Light of the World by Bryce Binstock

 

    2pm - 3:30pm                                   A Disconnected Heart  by Chris Gardiner

 

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   Never Letting Go by Steve Langley

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   The Forgotten Cause by Tony Rayner

 

   Sunday - June 25, 2017

 

    Time:                                                   Performance:

 

    10am - 11:30am                              Clean Sheets by Jeanette Hill

 

    2pm - 3:30pm                                   Concrete Rose by LaDarrion Williams

 

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   This Too Shall Pass by Lori Smith

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   Family Ties by Tony Roberts

 

   Saturday - July 1, 2017

 

    Time:                                                   Performance:

 

    10am - 11:30am                              Evicted by Bob Coles

    10am - 11:30am                              Personal Protection by Brandon Rushad Butts

 

    Noon - 1:30pm                                 Making Change  by Reggie Small

    Noon - 1:30pm                                 We Are the Light of the World by Bryce Binstock

 

    2pm - 3:30pm                                   The Wrightful Club  by Darius Mitchell

    2pm - 3:30pm                                   Tenneh by Baindu Kalokoh

 

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   The Otherside of Womanhood by Charnika Hayes

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   I Got The Last Laugh by James Carter

 

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   Sunday - July 2, 2017

 

    Time:                                                   Performance:

 

    10am - 11:30am                              Destination Love by June Johnson

 

    Noon - 1:30pm                                Young Gal Wan Marsh by Woryeneh Benson

 

    2pm - 3:30pm                                   Been There, Done That by Alan Sharpe

 

    4pm - 5:30pm                                   Dreaming of Harlem Under a High Southern Sky by Gabriella Pina