19TH ANNUAL SEASON OF THEATER

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHTS

NO PERFORMANCE

TIERS

by Reg E. Gaines

A weekly Bid Whist game takes place between four childhood friends now in their early to mid-twenties. Three of the men are waiting for Lester Ellington. They sip wine while talking smack about females and Lester’s egotistical attitude. The stereo blasts as they question the possible reasons for Lester’s lateness.

SATURDAY, June 26 at 7:00PM

CONFESSIONS OF A HOMO THUG PORN STAR

by James Earl Hardy

A exploration of Tyson’s hard-scrabble roots (growing up in the ‘hood, dealing and getting hooked on drugs, brushes with the law, becoming a single father) and professional triumphs (forming his own multi-million dollar company, induction into the Porn Hall of Fame). With moments of gut-busting laughter and several shocking revelations, it illuminates a

truth that many XXX fans forget: Porn stars are people, too.

EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS

THURSDAY, June 10 at 7:00PM

THE LOOM

by Sheila Duane

Evie hides at a safe house after being attacked by a group of white nationalists called the Aryan Power Congress. Then she hears the sound of a woman being murdered. Because she has PTSD, no one believes her… except the Gail whose sister was murdered by the same white nationalists.

FRIDAY, June 11 at 7:00PM

TGIF Can't Get Here Soon Enough

by Mel Nieves

Working from home is supposed to be a luxury, but when your home becomes your workplace that luxury turns into just another place to punch the clock.

FRIDAY, June 11 at 7:00PM

GANG SINES

by Malique Guinn

When a mathlete’s old bully transfers to his high school, he is forced to confront his old demons as he attempts to crack the oldest math enigma that can change his life for the better in this mathematical hip hop tale. 

SATURDAY, June 12 at 7:00PM

LAS LOLITAS 

by Alano P. Baez

In 1954, a New York city factory worker named Lolita Lebron, entered the United States Capitol building brandishing arms, unfurled a Puerto Rican flag, shouted "Que Viva Puerto Rico libre!" and began firing. In 2001, a young Puerto Rican woman travels on a NYC subway train headed for a mission to free her people.

WEDNESDAY, June 16 at 7:00PM

CHOICE

by Allison Whittenberg

A single mother is faced with a Hobson's choice as she is faced with the possible increase to her family. Her ultimately aching decision is a most realistic one.

WEDNESDAY, June 16 at 7:00PM

 SCARF DIARIES

by Antionette Ellis-Williams

A one-woman play consisting of multiethnic inter-generational vignettes/monologues telling the stories of life. If scarves could tell our stories they would speak of these truths.

THURSDAY, June 17 at 7:00PM

FRESH KILLS

by Sarah Congress

Lights up: Staten Island Ferry. A COVID first date. Isabella, chef. Michael, copywriter. Their socially distanced “get to know you," dance goes really well...until it doesn't. Will they make it safely back to Manhattan? 

THURSDAY, June 17 at 7:00PM

SLAPPED

by Mary E. Weems

A Black Lives Matter activist, whose parents are civil rights attorneys and an upper middle-class white woman get stuck in an elevator and have a conversation, which reveals how each feels about the state of racism in America.

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FRIDAY, June 18 at 7:00PM

BREAKZ

by Cris Eli Blak

After a young immigrant is murdered by police officers for seemingly no reason, a popular rapper decides to make a statement, much to the dismay and disapproval of his white publicist.

FRIDAY, June 18 at 7:00PM

JAILBIRD

by Sheldon Shaw

In a cell, waiting, two African American men with different belief systems, one Jewish and one a non-believer, clash.

WEDNESDAY, June 23 at 7:00PM

THE BIG DREAM

by Rollin Jewett

An edgy comedy about the life and times of an actor who may be on the verge of success. For Jack, “The Big Dream” is when he gets everything he ever wanted – fame, riches, respect, and love. But has he gone too far into his fantasy world to ever make it a reality?

WEDNESDAY, June 23 at 7:00PM

SUNDOWN TOWN

by Marcus Scott

Two newly-minted sophomore students fresh from their first year at university return home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under quarantine and taking shelter within their homes, just as these two sexually curious and sexually-active young men hop online to unleash carnal desires, news of a horrific incident prompts them to not only ask questions about the worth of the black body in America, but also its endurance.

THURSDAY, June 24 at 7:00PM

MURDEROUS INCIDENT

by Tommy Jamerson

Jacob Freeman seems to have it all - a thriving career, a successful novel, and an adoring wife. But when his past comes to haunt him in the form of his estranged eighteen-year-old daughter, secrets long since buried begin to rise to the surface yet again.

FRIDAY, June 25 at 7:00PM

SAY LESS

by Juan Ramirez, Jr.

In the South Bronx, two emcees stand at the corner, waiting to earn their next stripe and as they try to rap their dreams into reality, they want to know, if within their hopeless lives, will anyone hear their voices?

TICKETS

FREE TO THE PUBLIC WITH PROOF OF VACCINATION

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4466 Grand Street

New York, NY 10002

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