Colman Domingo, Danai Gurira, & Delroy Lindo Write/Direct Free Plays To Be Read Next Month

Posted on August 18, 2011 /Theater


New Work Now!Plays written and/or directed by actors Delroy Lindo, Colman Domingo, and Danai Gurira will be presented as part of the Public Theater’s play reading series, New Work Now! this September.

Works by playwright Christina Anderson will also be presented. This is a wonderful opportunity to see black stories on stage..for free!

The free readings will take place Sept. 7-18 in the Martinson Theater in New York City.


Hollow Roots (Sept. 10 at 7 PM)
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Eric Ting
“They say we live in post-racial times but who leads a post-racial life? In this thought-provoking play for one actor, a young Black American woman sets out on a quest to find one person leading a life unrestricted by race or gender.”

The Convert (Sept. 12 at 7 PM)
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Emily Mann
“Set amid the scramble for sovereignty in southern Africa (now Zimbabwe) in 1895, The Convert tells the tale of a young girl who escapes a forced marriage with the help of a stalwart black African catechist. Indebted to this new Christian god, she shuns her culture to become his protégé, but when an anti-colonial uprising erupts she must decide where her heart truly belongs.”

Starvings (Sept. 16 at 7 PM)
By S.M. Shephard-Massat
Directed by Delroy Lindo
“World War II is over, and Bettie and Meeker have moved from rural Florida to urban Atlanta to join a small but up-and-coming black community. But as pressure mounts at Meeker’s workplace and Bettie’s expectations become bigger than both of them, the better life they dreamed of seems less than certain to be on the horizon.”

Wild With Happy (Sept. 17 at 7 PM)
By Colman Domingo
Directed by Robert O’Hara
“Colman Domingo explores the surreal, bizarre and outrageous comedy that can stem from loss via the story of Gil: a young man who plans to scatter his mother’s ashes in the place where she was most happy, Disney World.”

Public Theater members can now reserve seats. Non-members can make reservations beginning Aug. 22. Phone (212) 967-7555.

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