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PlayRISE celebrates the INKtank 2013 writers, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Daaimah Mubashshir, and Mfoniso Udofia, with staged readings of their fresh new plays. Hear the voices of these hot playwrights now.
All events are free, but due to limited seating, your reservation is highly recommended. Readings take place at ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bruce Mitchell Room, at 7:30PM.
Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:30PM
Written by Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Erin Michelle Washington
Description: In order for Disciple Ufot to find peace, his wife Abasiama must travel with him down long-forgotten roads and help him confront unthinkable childhood terrors. Worlds collide and minds split, as husband and wife engage in a superhuman struggle to rebuild home.
Thursday, May 2 @ 7:30PM
Written by Monet Hurst-Mendoza
Directed by Isis Misdary
Description: In a small Yucatecan town circa 1960’s Mexico, religiously devout Lilia is forced to turn to prostitution as a means of making a living. When young Lilia develops an unconventional friendship with a compassionate new priest, everyone’s faith is tested. An allegory about choosing between duty and desire.
Friday, May 3 @7:30PM
Night of Power
Written by Daaimah Mubashshir
Directed by Kareem Fahmy
Description: Nuri Salaam finds herself torn between her love for Islam and her attraction to her best friend Jamillah. As the Salaams observe the Night of Power in the last days of Ramadan, a hurricane threatens to blow open the doors to their masjid, blow the lid off family tensions, and engulf the entire city of Houston, Texas.
Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30PM
Dead People's Things
Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd
Directed by Tonya Pinkins
Description: The sassy denizen of a veteran’s and widow’s home and her arch-nemesis, the nurse’s aide on the night shift, catch each other stealing from a recently deceased resident. A dark comedy about the tangible and intangible things that make up a woman’s life, and what happens when something goes missing.
Sunday, May 5 @ 7:30PM
CLOSING NIGHT SPECIAL LOCATION @ DR2 Theatre!
TWO PANELS and PLAYRISE RECEPTION
Ingredients: 10 Female Playwrights of Color, featuring past and current INKtank writers plus some of our special invited guests. Combine, mix, and stir the writers up in two separate panels.
Serve to the audience hot.
Location: DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th Street (btwn Union Square East and Irving Place)
Don't worry! We will be taking a waitlist for every event. Please email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name down.
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Rising Circle Theater Collective
Rising Circle Theater Collective is dedicated to broadening the scope of storytelling on the American stage. We accomplish this by providing an artistic home for artists of color that empowers them to seek out unheard stories of people of color – inspiring the creation of theater that challenges cultural misperceptions in an effort to bridge social divides. (www.risingcircle.org)