We begin with three nights of performances at Common Ground Theater in Durham of HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments* a collection of monologues by African-American playwrights featuring a wide range of perspectives on being a black man in America in the 21st century. In light of the recent police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among others, The New Black Fest commissioned 6 emerging black male playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black men in a culture of institutional profiling.
The six “testaments” to be featured are: “Superiority Fantasy” by Nathan James, “Holes in My Identity” by Nathan Yungerberg, “They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared…” by Idris Goodwin, “Abortion” by Glenn Gordon, “Walking Next to Michael Brown” by Eric Holmes and “How I Feel,” by Dennis Allen II. The New Black Fest was founded in 2010 with a mission to develop and support new work among playwrights from the African diaspora.
These discussions will culminate in the collection of ideas and individuals across all spectrums of identity, profession, and location to create a new work to be performed in late June at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. From February to June, LoTT will collaborate with interested participants to develop stories that may take a variety of performance forms (e.g., theater, dance, visual art). The goal is to identify the breadth and depth of our own, local experiences; determine how these experiences connect or diverge from the national conversation; and ultimately map a path to positive and sustainable changes in our communities. #LoTTRiseUp
HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments
Written by Dennis Allen, Idris Goodwin, Glenn Gordon, Eric Holmes, Nathan James, and Nathan Yungerberg
Directed by Monet Noelle Marshall
Dramaturgy by Jules Odendahl-James and Jacqueline E. Lawton
Featuring Malcolm Evans, Kenny Lampkin, Justin Peoples, CJ Suitt and Marcus Zollicoffer
Stage Manager: JaMeeka Holloway
Produced by ArtsCenter Stage
Plan Your Visit
What: HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments
When: February 5-7 at 8:00 pm
Where: Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham
RSVP: (919) 384-7817
Online Tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4916
*HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments is produced in association with the New Black Fest.