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Mirrors at The Castillo Theatre

w42-543-castillo-theatre-1-AII am thrilled to announce that “Mirrors,” my first full-length play, has been selected as one of two recipients of The Castillo Theatre’s 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest! Longtime followers of my work may remember that “Mirrors” was originally commissioned by Freedom Train Productions as part of a residency in 2010, and received an amazing but relatively sparsely attended reading directed by Mekeva McNeil almost exactly five years ago.

I’m happy to say that “Mirrors” will receive a reading at The Castillo Theatre on Monday, August 10th at 7pm. This reading will be directed by Imani. Tickets are $10. To reserve a seat, give the theatre a call at 212-941-5800. If you’re planning on coming, do reserve your seat ahead of time — these readings are known to sell out. I’ll update this page should online ticketing become available. You can find the nitty-gritty below!

“Mirrors” by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Imani

Set in the sleepy Mississippi town of Etheridge in the summer of 1960, Mirrors depicts the lives of three African-American women bound by love and loss and family, and the secrets of their shared past.

Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 7pm
The Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $10
Call 212-941-5800 for reservations.

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The Sandbox in The Fire This Time Festival

10610696_10105414671726330_4086537828455462854_nMy new short play The Sandbox will have its world premiere in January as part of The Fire This Time Festival, a platform for early-career black playwrights to explore new and exciting possibilities in their work. This year the producers of The Fire This Time challenged playwrights to pen new plays inspired by the photography of Alex Harsley. Although we were supposed to choose a single photograph as our inspiration, I was so taken by Mr. Harsley’s work that I actually chose two!

The works of seven playwrights will be featured as part of the 10-Minute Plays, and there are a lot of other really rich events happening this season as well, including free readings of new plays and a screening of a film by Alex Harsley. These nights are truly not to be missed!

Check out The Fire This Time Festival website for more information, and follow them on Facebook. And please don’t put off buying your tickets for the 10-Minute Plays! These evening sell out every year, and I want you in the room.

The Fire This Time Festival 10-Minute Plays

Sandbox by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Jamal Jordan
Featuring: Kelly Erin Sloan, Kirya Yvonne Traber, Suzanne Darrell, and Lori E Parquet

June stands alone in the broiling desert sun. Jelly hunts a tiger deep in the wildest of jungles. Two sisters struggle to bridge the gulf between them in Sandbox.

Friday 1/23 @ 7pm, Saturday 1/24 @ 7pm, Sunday 1/25 @ 3pm,
Thursday 1/29 @ 7pm, and Friday 1/30 @ 7pm

The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY

Get your tickets here!

NEW! Check out this FireSide Chat video where I talk The Fire This Time Festival and writing with TFTT producer Angelica Chéri.

Crooked Parts in PlayRISE

PlayRISEFriends, I’m thrilled to share with you that tickets are now available for PlayRISE, the reading series produced by Rising Circle Theater Collective that will feature my full-length work-in-progress Crooked Parts. Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited, so if you’re planning on coming (please do!), then you should make a reservation now. My show is on Thursday, May 22nd, but you should come check out the other plays in the series as well. We’ve all been working very hard these past few months, and I’ll be there for all four nights. I hope to see you there!

Crooked Parts in Rising Circle Theater Collective‘s PlayRISE
Written by Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Directed by Jamal Jordan
Featuring: Adrian Baidoo, Ileya Williams, Suzanne Darrell, K. Lorrel Manning, Cameron Mitchell Mason, and Tony Vo

29 year-old Freddy has returned home to his nuclear family after a terrible break-up. 12 year-old Winifred is struggling to create a more socially acceptable version of herself. What happens when life doesn’t turn out as expected? How do you build from the crooked parts of your own identity?

Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30pm sharp
Shetler Studios, Penthouse 1
244 W 54th Street
New York, NY

Opentoe Peepshow Salon #13

Hello, lovers & friends! I’d like to invite you to Opentoe Peepshow Salon on Sunday, February 2nd, where I’ll be sharing more of my work. There’s a whole lineup of talented queer artists performing that afternoon. (And you should still have time to get home and catch the Super Bowl if that’s your thing.) Check out the Facebook event page for more information on who else will be there. You can find the basic event details below.

Opentoe Peepshow Salon #13
Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Avenue, BK 11238
Doors at 2:30pm, Show at 3pm
(They sell out, so come early!)
$3-$10, but no one turned away due to lack of funds

Also, check out the event graphic below but ignore the time listed. The show this month’s at 3pm!

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Terminals

Mauricio Both, Jacqueline Coombs, and Yukiko Kato: a Few Founding Members of Monkey Tomorrow

Here in London I’ve come to the end of my second term of postgraduate study at Central School of Speech & Drama. It’s been a challenging term full of collaboration, experimentation, agitation, and documentation. And in a little under a week’s time I’ll be flying out of Heathrow to be reunited with my beloved New York City and Texas. But before I get into my return to the USA, let me tell you what I’ve been up to.

As part of my course, I became a founding member of an 11 person performance group. We called ourselves Monkey Tomorrow. For nine weeks we worked together, experimenting with company structure and theatrical conventions. Our aim was to tell old stories in new ways. This involved the use of lots of projection and giant sheets of paper. (See above for photographic evidence of  the epic nature of our paper.) My role in the group was member of the playwriting team (there were three of us) and editor of the script. And let me tell you something. I learned a lot.

I learned that collaboratively writing dialogue for a play can be excruciating! (Seriously, just run a google search looking for tips for collaboratively writing a play. There are none!) I also learned that although we may not always be aware of them, most artists have set working methods. And folding other people into those working methods can be a real challenge.

The members of Monkey Tomorrow represent no fewer than 8 separate nations. We speak no fewer than 7 different languages. And of course our artistic backgrounds are as diverse as we are. In our company we had to learn how to build bridges to span innumerable communication gaps. We were not always successful.

But I will say this: through our company we were able to create new worlds through explorations of text, movement, and technology. I think it’s accurate to say that none of will ever forget the time when we were known as Monkey Tomorrow, when we struggled to understand one another and the art that we long to create. We’re all hardworking, talented artists. Every member has my utmost respect. And as we move on to other projects, I am grateful to each and every cheeky monkey.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

So what’s next?

Well, as I mentioned before, I’ll be coming back to the United States. (For a visit! I’m not done with this program just yet.) I’ll be spending a few days in Texas visiting family and just over two weeks in New York City relaxing and renewing contacts. I’m looking forward to seeing some of my old and new collaborators back in the States! And let’s be real. I’m also looking forward to pizza, enchiladas, and Blue Bell Ice Cream.

There’s a lot on the horizon. Stay tuned for news about the Postgraduate Research Conference at Central School of Speech & Drama, the continued development of my writing workshop series, and work that will take me South of the Border. It’s an exciting world, y’all! I’m ready to see more of it.

Photo by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

CROOKED PARTS: Utopia Theatre September 17th and 18th

 

CROOKED PARTS
by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

One girl must decide which parts of herself to hold onto and which to leave behind.

Directed by Feliz Dia McDonald
Assistant Directed by LeRoy Beck

Featuring: Avery Ferguson, Chanise Littlefield, Carole Metellus,  and Cedrick Slaughter

September 17th & 18th at 8pm
The Utopia Theatre in the School of Social Work
The University of Texas Campus
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712

A moderated talkback will follow the show each night. On September 17th the talkback will be led by Dr. Tiffany Gill. On September 18th the talkback will be led by Dr. Jennifer Wilks.

Ample parking is available close by in the following garages on the UT Campus: Manor Garage, Trinity Garage, and Brazos Garage. Additionally, the #7 bus and the West Campus and Forty Acres campus shuttle busses stop very near the School of Social Work.

General Admission for Crooked Parts is $10.
Student tickets are available for $8 (with ID). Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Cash only at the door.

This production of Crooked Parts is generously co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Gender and Sexuality Center, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American StudiesProArts Collective, and Austin Community College Department of Drama.

Artwork by Autumn Mackey

CROOKED PARTS: Save the Date!

I’ve returned to Texas and I’m coming to you, dear readers, with exciting news. CROOKED PARTS is coming to a town near you! Well, it is if you live somewhere near Austin, TX.

CROOKED PARTS is the coming of age story of a 12-year-old African American girl named Winifred. As wildly imaginative Winifred starts the school year off at a brand new school, she begins to explore how her hair affects the way that her peers see her and the way that she sees herself. Ultimately, Winifred must decide what she’s willing to give up in order to fit in.

CROOKED PARTS by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Feliz Dia McDonald

September 17th and 18th at 8pm
Utopia Theatre in the School of Social Work, UT  Campus
1925 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78712

Tickets: General Admission $10, Students $8 (with ID)

Not going to be in town, but still want to take part? Not to worry! You can make a contribution. I’m accepting donations to help with the cost of producing CROOKED PARTS.

As some of you may remember, an excerpt of CROOKED PARTS was featured at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) as part of Black and White: Performing the Personal/Political back in January. I’m thrilled that the world premiere of CP will take place in a city so close to my heart. Advance tickets are available now online. We’ll not charge you a penny more for admission at the door, but we will be accepting cash only. I’ll see you there!

MIRRORS in FIRE! New Play Festival

 

Summer is flying by and things are heating up here in Brooklyn, NY. I happily returned to New York City on July 4th to a city in the middle of a heat wave and intense revelry. Here I’ve been writing and collaborating with brilliant artistic minds, not to mention enjoying some satisfying NYC take out.

Next week my newest play, MIRRORS, will receive a staged reading as part of Freedom Train Productions’ FIRE! New Play Festival and in culmination of my playwriting residency. I became really inspired to write about the world of MIRRORS when I went with a friend to see a photography exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this winter. One photograph in particular really grabbed me. It was an image of a hair salon in the front room of a shotgun house somewhere down South. The photographer captured the house from the outside of the screen door, and you could see the photographer’s reflection in the door as well as the sprawling contents of the house. The layers drew me in. As I stood gazing at this photograph, the sights and sounds of a childhood spent in the South came back to me. I could feel the relentless summer heat and hear the tree insects calling. I felt like I knew who these people were and what story they needed to tell.

Here’s a super succinct synopsis of what MIRRORS is all about: Two women mourn the loss of a loved one while sifting through the secrets of their shared past.  If you’re anywhere in the New York City area on Friday, July 23rd, you should most definitely come on down to Fort Greene, Brooklyn and check it out. I hope to see many of you there!

MIRRORS  by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Mekeva McNeil
Featuring Suzanne Darrell, Treasure Davidson, Shereen Macklin, Tish Mann, Mekeva McNeil, and Lori Parquet

Friday, July 23rd @ 7:30pm
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Tickets $5-10, available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.

Photo of roses by flickr user Beverly & Pack

Freedom Train Productions Residency

I’m proud to announce that I have been selected as one of the 2010 resident playwrights at Freedom Train Productions! With them I’ll be continuing the development of my one act play CROOKED PARTS. I cannot say enough how excited I am that I’ll be continuing my growth as a playwright with Freedom Train Productions.

In case you didn’t know, Freedom Train Productions is at the forefront of the theatre scene, commissioning and producing the development of new work featuring black, queer protagonists. FTP’s programming includes playwriting workshops, staged readings, and Offstage Forums, just to name a few. Check FTP out and find out how you can get involved at http://www.freedomtrainproductions.org/.

CROOKED PARTS at Brooklyn Arts Exchange

I am excited to announce that an excerpt from my one-act play Crooked Parts will be featured this weekend at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) on January 8th and 9th. Crooked Parts is being directed by Andre Lancaster, assistant directed by Terell C. Richardson, and produced by Freedom Train Productions. Tickets are available now on the BAX website. See below for more information.

Black and White: Performing the Personal/Political
An evening of art and activism curated by Jesse Phillips-Fein featuring:
– Jesse Phillips-Fein
– Trebien Pollard
– Chelsea Michel Gregory
– Azure D. Osborne-Lee
followed by a moderated discussion led by YaliniDream, and guest panelist Andre Lancaster, Artistic and Managing Director of Freedom Train Productions.

January 8th & 9th, 8pm
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
http://bax.org

Admission:
In advance/online:
$12 General
$7 Low-Income

At the Door: (30 minutes before showtime)
$15 General
$8 Low-Income

I hope to see you there!