New Works

reading series

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.

 This Week's Featured Performance

Brave Soul Collective (BSC)

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7 PM

A Virtual performance addressing the brutalization and murders of black people by police, anti-blackness, systemic racism, transphobia and violence aimed at black trans women.  ​Join BSC in our new virtual black box theatre  for "Question Marks"  and bear witness the power of  artistry in the face of adversity.

Tickets are give what you can (donation based);however, registration is strongly encouraged.


During the evenings performances we'll be using the hashtags:

#Question Marks, #HowDidWeGetHere, #BraveSoulCollective, #WeAreBraveSouls,  #BlackLGBTQIAArt, #DCTheatre,  and #BSCvirtual.

Playwrights: Jared Shamberger, Josette Marina Murray, Thembi Duncan


Cast: Monte J. Wolfe, Josette Marina Murray and Thembi Duncan