Essential Theatre

2020 - 2021 Season

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The New Black Fest's Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

October 14 - October 18, 2020

 

Written by Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi E. Kelley, Nsangou Njikam, Eric Micha Holmes, Dennis A. Allen II
Directed by Luther D. Wells

In response to the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer, The New Black Fest commissioned seven emerging Black playwrights to explore the institutional profiling and stereotyping of African Americans.  The protest drama that materialized consist of a series of monologues that recount the experience of real and imagined people who seek to reclaim voices silenced and violated by a system that historically sees BLACK as sub-human. In light of the national movement for justice and equity, Hands up is not just HISTORY— it’s TRUTH…it’s NOW! 

 


The Collection Includes: 

Superiority Fantasy by Nathan James  

Holes in My Identity by Nathan Yungerberg  

They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared… by Idris Goodwin  

Dead of Night… The Execution of… by Nambi E. Kelley  

Abortion by Nsangou Njikam  

Walking Next to Michael Brown by Eric Holmes
How I Feel by Dennis A. Allen II 

 

Streamed Virtually on Demand
Wednesday -10/14 - Click Here To Purchase Ticket
Thursday - 10/15 - Click Here To Purchase Ticket

Ticket Price: $8 

FAMU Students Free with ID 

 

Live Virtual Performance

Friday - 10/16 | 8 p.m. EST | Virtual waiting room opens at 7:45 p.m. | Click Here To Purchase Ticket

Ticket Price: $15 

FAMU Students Free with ID 

 

Streamed Virtually on Demand
Saturday - 10/17 - Click Here To Purchase Ticket
Sunday - 10/18 - Click Here To Purchase Ticket

Ticket Price: $12 

FAMU Students Free with ID 

 

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are purchased per household.
The New Black Fest’s HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

 

Profanity. Suggested audience: Age 17 and above.

 


Writing For Life Play Development Series presents A Reading of "Paul Robeson: Loyalty To Convictions: A One-Man Show featuring Fred D. Lee, Jr."
January 29 - January 30, 2021

Written by Karla M. Johnson
Directed by Evelyn D. Tyler
Writing For Life Play Development Series presents A Reading of "Calming the Man"
February 26 - February 27, 2021

Written by Anthony Lamarr
Directed by Luther D. Wells
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
March 10 - March 14, 2021

Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Anedra Small

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $8 - $15, intended for single-household use and are non-refundable. There are no exchanges. If you wish to bundle your ticket with a donation to the Essential Theatre, please consider the options available at checkout.

 

How It Works

Live virtual performance.

Choose the date of the live stream.  Purchase a ticket.  You will receive a link to the email address you provide 30 mins before the performance.  You and members of your household must watch the performance in real time. The link will expire at the conclusion of the live stream performance.

 

Streamed Virtually on Demand. 
Choose a date you wish to view the performance. Once you purchase a ticket, you will receive a link to the email you provide to view the pre-recorded performance on demand (for the date you selected only). You and members of your household may watch it as many times as you wish until the link expires at 11:59 p.m. 

 

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