Oct 10, 2020

Oct 09, 2020

  • LIVE STREAM

    WHERE AND WHEN

    By Carlos Jerome, Cris Eli Blak, Devin Porter, Christine Hsu, Chima Chikazunga, Roderick Shepard, Tony Domaille, Oscar Sanders

    Offer:

    Free, suggested donation $15

    Reservations: https://zoom.us/93538469749/  Meeting ID: 935 3846 9749

     

    Dates:

    On Friday, October 9 at 8:00 PM.

    Summary:

    This competition is successor to an evening of five-minute plays that NEC presented on July 17.  The idea of a virtual short play competition originated in a Zoom meeting last Spring, when Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer brought together Karen Brown, NEC's Executive Artistic Director, and Clayton Banks, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Harlem.  Banks was eager to help a nonprofit improve its digital presence and suggested a five-minute play competition for NEC in which all the competing plays would be staged with social distancing and the entire evening would strictly adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines.  Carried on the Silicon Harlem platform, the competition combines onstage staging with off-site streaming.  The concept of the first competition has been expanded for this round by the addition of audience voting on Zoom. 

    The play contestants are: "Counting Pedestals" by Carlos Jerome, directed by Marishka Phillips; "The Moors" by Cris Eli Blak, directed by Marcus Naylor; "Rite of Passage" by Devin Porter, directed by Marcus Naylor; and "I Love You But..." by Christine Hsu, directed by Karen A. Brown.  

    The readings are "Chantel's Dilemma" by Chima Chikazunga, directed by Marcus Naylor; "The Privilege is All Mine" by Roderick Shepard, directed by TBA, "Apocalypse Then" by Tony Domaille, directed by TBA and "Diplomacy: The Art of Thinking Before You Speak" by Oscar Sanders, directed by Lauren Marissa Smith.

    The plays to be presented were chosen from the submissions by a committee of seven people that included four directors, a producer, a dramaturg and an actor.  Submissions were required to be in line with NEC's mission of presenting live theater by and/or about Black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often underserved by the theatrical community.  The theme is, "This world was made for all man and women." Submissions were required to explore aspects of the human condition including: race, inequality and equality, politics/political climate, compassion, courage, death and dying, honesty, loyalty, perseverance, family love, strife, generational issues, the benefits of hard work, the power of love, passion, relationships, dignity etc. Each submission was required to contain a full thematic structure or arc, including a beginning, middle and end, and to be limited to one to three characters and one set (interior or exterior).  Touching in the play is forbidden.  Covid-19 can be used as a backdrop or initial inciting incident, but cannot be the main theme or overriding idea guiding the work.

    The winner will be judged by the panel of Ralph McCain, Marjorie Moon and Clayton Banks and the judges will take into account audience input on Zoom. 

     

    Theatre:
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    Negro Ensemble Company
    New York, NY
  • LIVE STREAM

    Jack Was Kind

    By Tracy Thorne

    Dates:

    Available Sept 16- Oct 10. Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays at 3:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

    Summary:

    All For One Theater, in association with Jami Floyd, presents a new solo play about our complicity in oppressive systems intended to keep us silent.

    Written and performed live by Tracy Thorne.

    Immediately followed by a discussion with the playwright and guest on complicity in American power structures.

     

    Theatre:
  • LIVE STREAM

    Loneliness Was A Pandemic

    By Olivia Haller

    Dates:

    Streaming Friday, September 25 at 8 pm EST through Friday, October 9.

    Summary:

    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?

Oct 08, 2020

  • LIVE STREAM

    Jack Was Kind

    By Tracy Thorne

    Dates:

    Available Sept 16- Oct 10. Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays at 3:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

    Summary:

    All For One Theater, in association with Jami Floyd, presents a new solo play about our complicity in oppressive systems intended to keep us silent.

    Written and performed live by Tracy Thorne.

    Immediately followed by a discussion with the playwright and guest on complicity in American power structures.

     

    Theatre:
  • LIVE STREAM

    Loneliness Was A Pandemic

    By Olivia Haller

    Dates:

    Streaming Friday, September 25 at 8 pm EST through Friday, October 9.

    Summary:

    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?

Oct 07, 2020

  • LIVE STREAM

    Jack Was Kind

    By Tracy Thorne

    Dates:

    Available Sept 16- Oct 10. Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, Thursdays at 3:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

    Summary:

    All For One Theater, in association with Jami Floyd, presents a new solo play about our complicity in oppressive systems intended to keep us silent.

    Written and performed live by Tracy Thorne.

    Immediately followed by a discussion with the playwright and guest on complicity in American power structures.

     

    Theatre:
  • LIVE STREAM

    Loneliness Was A Pandemic

    By Olivia Haller

    Dates:

    Streaming Friday, September 25 at 8 pm EST through Friday, October 9.

    Summary:

    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?

Oct 06, 2020

  • LIVE STREAM

    Loneliness Was A Pandemic

    By Olivia Haller

    Dates:

    Streaming Friday, September 25 at 8 pm EST through Friday, October 9.

    Summary:

    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?

Oct 05, 2020

  • LIVE STREAM

    Loneliness Was A Pandemic

    By Olivia Haller

    Dates:

    Streaming Friday, September 25 at 8 pm EST through Friday, October 9.

    Summary:

    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?