I 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
Call 212-941-5800 for reservations.
My 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.
I’m here to let you know that I will be joining the Weird Sisters Collective of Austin, Texas (yeehaw!) in their upcoming production of Susan Gayle Todd’s SYCORAX. The Weird Sisters are a rocking group of women who are dedicated to promoting women in the arts. They do so by producing all female productions of both classical and new work.
SYCORAX is a brilliant prequel to Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST and is guaranteed to have you leaving the theatre moved both intellectually and emotionally. I first saw it in 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin in the Cohen New Works Festival, and I was blown away. Naturally, I was thrilled and honored when Susan (Dr. Todd to her students) asked me to come to Austin to play the titular role.
I participated in the first reading of the play tonight with the Weirds via Skype, and then had an amazing discussion afterwards about the issues surrounding race, gender, and sexuality that the show brings up with Margaux, one of the show’s deliciously Weird dramaturgs. Rehearsals for the show officially begin at the end of May and SYCORAX will run the last two weekends of June in Austin, TX. Not to worry! I will let you know the moment I have more information about how you can get your tickets. In the meantime, check out the Weird Sisters Collective’s website. You’ll be glad you did. http://weirdsisterscollective.com/
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/.