The cover of The Atlanta Issue of The Dramatist
New Georgia Woman Project: Black Women Speak, Horizon Theatre
L to R: Candrice Jones, Shay Youngblood
Candrice Jones and Shay Youngblood

During 2021, producers Marguerite Hannah and LaWanda Green at Horizon did a nationwide search requesting applications to participate in creating plays that would become part of their ongoing seasons. They sought Black woman identifying playwrights to create entirely original content. This content would be inspired by conversations with at least 100 Black women. Their mission was to seek out emerging and professional playwrights to speak to the plurality of the Black Southern women’s experiences.

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Candrice Jones
Candrice Jones

is a playwright from Dermott, Arkansas. Her full-length plays include FLEX (Humana Festival of New American Plays) and A Medusa Thread (UC Santa Babara Launch Pad). Candrice is a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Currently, she is drafting a new play entitled Leaving Teaching.

Shay Youngblood
Shay Youngblood

is an Atlanta based playwright, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. Her Black Women Speak play in progress, Boss Ladies and Tender Hearted Girls, is conceived as a manual for renewal and resistance.