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Mirrors at Next Door @ NYTW

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UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this run of Mirrors ended early on March 11, 2020.

Friends, I am so excited to share with you that my full-length play Mirrors will soon be receiving its World Premiere! Produced by Parity Productions, Mirrors will run from February 29th – March 22nd, 2020 at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop. More details below, and keep an eye on this page for updates.

Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Produced by Parity Productions
at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop

February 29th – March 22nd, 2020
Tickets are now on sale!

Mobility Accessibility
Due to the building’s landmark status, the Fourth Street Theatre (Next Door) is not a wheelchair accessible space. There are 8 stairs leading from the street level to the main floor of the building where the theatre is located and another 22 stairs leading down to the gallery floor where audience restrooms are located. Additional restrooms are located next door in the box office lobby, including a wheelchair-accessible restroom.

The box office lobby has two restrooms: one “GENERAL SEATING” restroom with two private toilet stalls and one “STANDING ROOM ONLY” restroom with a single toilet stall and two urinals. All stalls are equipped with handrails and the first stall in the “GENERAL SEATING” restroom is sized to accommodate mobility aids. The restroom doorways are 26″ wide.

The Fourth Street Theatre (Next Door) is set up with upholstered chairs measuring 18 ½” wide x 16” deep with seats 18 ½” off the ground and armrests. If you need a different style of chair, NYTW can also provide the following: Wooden folding chairs measuring 15 ½” wide x 14 ½” deep with seats 17 ½” off the ground, or plastic chairs measuring 18” wide x 15” deep with seats 18 ½” off the ground.

Watch this space for information about how to let NYTW know about your seating needs. If you have a question in the interim, please email

Hearing Accessibility
The Fourth Street Theatre (Next Door) is not technologically equipped for NYTW’s assisted listening devices or for open captioning. Parity Productions is trying to secure ASL interpretation for one performance of Mirrors and will publicize widely if/when that service becomes available. Please let us know if this is a service you are interested in by emailing

Vision Accessibility
​The Fourth Street Theatre (Next Door) is not technologically equipped for audio description.
Large print playbills are not available in printed format for Mirrors at Next Door @ NYTW, but audience members who need larger text and who have mobile devices can access a full-color commemorative playbill (which can be zoomed in for larger text) through the QR code on the back of their printed playbill.

Service Animals
Well-behaved service animals used by persons with a disability are allowed to accompany said person into the Theatre. Service animals must rest in the seating area of the individual during the performance. Animals are unable to occupy the aisle during a performance. NYTW suggests that the individual carries proof of certification or a license for the service animal.

Mirrors at Austin Scottish Rite Theater

I am quite excited to share with you all that my award-winning play Mirrors will receive a reading at Austin Scottish Rite Theater, and I will be in attendance! The cast looks gorgeous, and I cannot wait to see them in action. It’s bound to be an amazing evening. Will I see you there?


Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

February 21, 2019 at 8PM

Austin Scottish Rite Theatre
207 W 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701

When 17 year-old Alma Jean finds her mother dead, she must pack up her life and move in with her mother’s ex-lover, a woman she doesn’t know. Her new guardian, Bird Wilson, is the town pariah and unused to sharing her home. Will mourning the death of a shared loved one bring Alma Jean and Bird together or push them further apart?

Austin Scottish Rite Theater is thrilled to present this Work as an installment of our Staged Reading Series with this incredible cast:

Bird Wilson – Crystal Bird Caviel
Alma Jean Pierson – Oktavea Williams
Annabelle “Belle” Pierson – Khali McDuff-Sykes
Louise Sterling – Chelsea Manasseri
Mabel Mosley – Ashley Nicole Hazzard
Constance Jenkins – Allegra Fox
Ray Johnson Jr – Delanté G. Keys

Free Admission – Donations Appreciated

Mirrors is currently in development with Parity Productions.

Photo credit: Kayleigh Axtell

The Beasts of Warren at IRT

We’re back at it again, and this time with a brand new play!

My newest full-length play The Beasts of Warren has been selected by The Syndicate for First Read, a week of staged readings and roundtable discussions featuring queer, trans, and non-binary artists. The lineup is amazing! I truly recommend attending every event you can.

Tickets are available now and seating is limited, so don’t wait too long to commit!

The Beasts of Warren by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Traber

The Forest has grown dangerous and everyone near The Burrow has moved, fled or simply disappeared. Committed to keeping what’s left of their family together, cousins Holl, Dawn, and Kitt choose to stay put with their ailing grandmother. Will they find a way to hide from the menacing forces closing in on their home? Or will they disappear into the night like so many before them?

Thursday, September 6th @ 7PM
Tickets are just $5

IRT Theater
154 Christopher Street #3B
New York, NY 10014

IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.



Mirrors at Theatre 80 St Marks

UPDATE (5/25/18): This just in! We just received word that Mirrors won Best Play in this year’s Downtown Urban Arts Festival. We won! We won!


Friends, spring is almost here, and I’ve got wonderful news for you! Mirrors, my first full-length play and recipient of the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Award, will receive a workshop production at Theatre 80 St Marks as part of the 2018 Downtown Urban Arts Festival. The show goes up Wednesday, April 25th and tickets are now on sale. Don’t procrastinate — get your tickets as soon as you can!

Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Winner of the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Award
Directed by Kirya Traber
Produced by Roots and River Productions, Presented by Downtown Urban Arts Festival
with support from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8PM
Theatre 80 St. Marks
$20 General Admission

When 17 year-old Alma Jean finds her mother dead, she must pack up her life and move in with her mother’s ex-lover, a woman she doesn’t know. Her new guardian, Bird Wilson, is the town pariah and unused to sharing her home. Will mourning the death of a shared loved one bring Alma Jean and Bird together or push them further apart?

Design by Jamie N. Larson
Stage Management by Chiara H. Johnson

Featuring: Joyia D. Bradley, AnJu Hyppolite, Crystal Lucas-Perry*, Jordan Randolph, La Rivers, AnnMarie Sykes, and Jak Watson

(*indicates member of Actors Equity)

Please note that Mirrors will be presented alongside Marcus Scott’s short play Blood Orange, which has a run time of approximately 10 minutes.


Trans Lab Fellowship

I’m happy to share that I’m a member of the inaugural Trans Lab Fellowship! Last month we four playwrights/playwriting teams and two directors of Trans Lab had our very first meeting, led by MJ Kaufman. Over the course of the year, we’ll continue to meet monthly to share and strengthen our work.

In just under two weeks time, on Monday, February 19th, we’re having a Launch Party and Fundraiser, and you’re invited! (Click the link above to get your tickets. The theme is Lunar New Year Prom, and you don’t want to miss it.)

Plays by trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) writers are a rarity in American theater. As transgender stories are co-opted, commercialized, and misrepresented by cisgender writers, Trans Lab will support the creation of a critical mass of TGNC plays by TGNC writers.

Trans Lab’s programming, which is supported by WP Theater and The Public Theater, will include professional development sessions for fellows, and the year-long program will culminate in a series of readings of works developed in the lab. More details on those sharings of work as I have them. For now, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Glass at JACK

Glass will receive a workshop production at JACK as part of their fall season. My collaborators and I are already hard at work, and we can’t wait to share this play with you. Save the date, friends! Or better yet, book your tickets now!

Glass by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Traber

Glass is an evening-length fantasia by playwright Azure Osborne-Lee that conjures a creation myth in which the gods of Life and Death wrestle for control of their world, trampling anyone who gets in their way. During their reign of terror, a woman refuses to bend to their will, and is forced to kill her own children. She retreats from the world to recover from her trauma, but she can’t stay hidden forever. Will she find the courage to stand up to her gods? In inventing this world, Osborne-Lee offers new imaginings of Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, and other iconic black characters.

November 9-11, 2017 @ 8PM
505 1/2 Waverly Ave. between Fulton and Atlantic in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
C or G train to Clinton-Washington.

Tickets are $18.

Featuring: Pascal Arquimedes, Chrissy Etienne, Alfie Fuller, Heinley Gaspard, Starr Kirkland, Lori E. Parquet*, Erin M. Pettigrew, T Thompson, and Jak Watson (* indicates member of Actors Equity)​

Design by Miki Foster
Movement Direction by Alicia Raquel
Stage Management by Chiara Johnson
Costumes & Props by Jamie Larson
Produced by Roots and River Productions


Crooked Parts at Cherry Lane Theatre

DUAF-Logo-1I’m so excited to share that my full-length play Crooked Parts has been selected for the 15th Annual Downtown Urban Arts Festival! For one night only Crooked Parts will be staged at Cherry Lane Theatre. Seating is limited, and the show is expected to sell out, so don’t wait to get your tickets!

Crooked Parts by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Yvonne Traber
Featuring: Suzanne Darrell, Jamil AC Mangan, Tanisha Thompson, Jak Watson, and Ileya Williams

Freddy, a black queer trans man, returns to his family home in the South after his fiancé breaks up with him. Once there, Freddy must navigate the tension created by his transition and his brother’s serial incarceration. Crooked Parts is poignant, queer, funny, and definitely definitely black.

Downtown Urban Arts Festival
Friday, May 12th @ 7PM
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, New York City
Tickets are $21

I can’t wait to share this special moment with you!

Can’t attend but still want to support the production? Make a tax-deductible donation via Fractured Atlas!

Little Theatre at Dixon Place


I’m presenting new work in Little Theatre, curated by Casey Llewellyn, as part of HOT! Festival this coming Monday. The lineup is amazing and I’m super excited! I hope to see you there.

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie b/n Delancey & Rivington
(F/V 2nd Ave; 6 Bleecker; JMZ Bowery)

Tickets: $15 online; $18 at the door; $12 for Students, Seniors, and idNYC holders
For more information, call (212) 219-0736, or browse

RSVP and invite your friends via Facebook

written and performed by Virginia Grise
directed by Emily Mendelsohn

One artist’s reflection on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists. Part performance, part lecture, part therapy (cuz her insurance doesn’t cover it) this performance manifesto is unprocessed, gluten and guilt free. Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.

new work by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Q: What’s the difference between rabbits and hares?
A: Who picks up the pieces when a virus runs amok.

by Cecilia Gentili

Originally from Argentina, Cecilia worked at the LGBT Center, Apicha CHC and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at GMHC. She was a contributor to Trans Bodies Trans Selves and is a board member at Translatina Network. That’s for work. For fun, she acts sometimes and loves doing storytelling events where she talks about her life experiences and she cooks amazing brunchs for her friends on the weekends. She is very passionate about advocating for her community, and mostly for transgender women with a Latino background, sex work history, drug use and incarceration history

created and performed by Princess Carter

Are you ready to be entertained?

by Nia Witherspoon

Crooked Parts at National Black Theatre

Crooked Parts

Please join me in Harlem Monday, June 13th for a reading of my full-length play Crooked Parts at National Black Theatre. I’m really very excited to work with this amazing creative team. It should be a great time! Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing via theFacebook event page.

Crooked Parts by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Yvonne Traber
Featuring: Suzanne Darrell, Kevin R Free, Jarvis Griggs, Tasneem Nathari, Tanisha Thompson, and Ileya Williams

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?

Keep Soul Alive! Reading Series
Monday, June 13th @ 7:30PM
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $10

I hope to see you there!

Glass in The Fire This Time Festival

12471625_10107081994513100_8235387723456818332_oThe first full reading of my new play GLASS will take place on January 25th as part of The Fire This Time Festival. Some of you may have attended readings of excerpts of this work over the past year, most notably as part of Keep Soul Alive! Mondays at National Black Theatre and Everybooty at BAM. After spending some quality time with the text at the Lambda Literary Retreat in June, I came back to Brooklyn and finished the first draft of GLASS. Come see how it all shakes out!

Written by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

Featuring: Simone Leanora, Kirya Yvonne Traber, Alicia Raquel, Ramad D. Carter, Erin Margaret Pettigrew, Ariel Joshua Domingo, Jak Watson, Jordan E. Cooper, Cameron Mitchell Mason, Raven Cassell, and Antonio Lyons

Two figures meet at a crossroads and strike a bargain. Lightning splits the ground between them, and a handful of witnesses creep forward to claim pieces of lightning-forged glass. Elsewhere, in Mississippi, Early May tends to his deeply depressed wife as he watches the roads leading into town.

Admission is FREE, but please do make a reservation so we know you’re coming.