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The Langston Hughes Playwright Showcase


Join us for our first showcase from May 3rd - 5th featuring works from Vienna Carroll, Pamela Harris, Shelley Fort and Anthony Thompson as our featured playwrights! Please use the drop down menu below to purchase tickets to the show of your choice.


Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm - Vienna Carroll

"Shallow Brown: Thessalonia and the Free Sailor." 

Virginia, 1829.  Thessalonia, an enslaved tailor, meets free sailor Levi when he asks her to unpick the seams of his coat for the radical abolition papers sewed inside.  From that moment, her life and love are inextricably entwined with anti-slavery rebels.

Saturday, May 4th at 5:00pm - Pamela Harris

“Purple Diary Monologues”

A woman commits the most unimaginable betrayals and tries to escape a deadly fate.  Even though there is hope, life passes before her eyes and she is reminded of her childhood memories and innocence.   What has she done while desperately searching for solutions to erase her past?  Will her search for peace, true love, and identity be in vain? Time is up and everything in reality and the small suburban 2000’s neighborhood is crumbling around her.  It is inconceivable what happens next but no one can save her...she has to save herself. Will she survive?

Sunday, May 5th at 3:00pm - Shelley Fort

“miss america” [working title] is a summoning, a memorial, a time to be alive! It's a solo show about loss, memories, and growing up as a mixed-race, motherless child in America.

Sunday, May 5th at 6:00pm - Anthony Thompson

Langston Hughes Cultural Enrichment Movements artistic director, playwright, solo performance artist Adeagbo Mawi Mudo AKA Anthony Thompson and Master Drummer Menes de Griot "Shanto King" join creative forces in an artistic collaboration constructing a new work "Jesse B. Simple Alive In Harlem" A Roots & Culture Production. Ade has adapted a new script with Shanto as musical director they blend traditional African music chants, blues, jazz, Negro Spirituals weaving Langston Hughes' poems on African heritage, lynching, juxtapose with his "Simple Tales" bringing to life Langston's legendary signature character Jesse B. Simple. Ade will be featured along with other playwrights for I Too Arts Collective "The Langston Hughes Playwright Showcase". Featuring African drummers DeeJay, Simeonh, drummer-vocalist Sharade Shashisher and drummer pianist Jamael Dean will celebrate their collaboration and Ade's 36 year anniversary adapting Hughes' literary works for the stage and performing the voice of Harlem Jesse B. Simple.

To purchase tickets, please see Paypal button below and use the drop down menu to choose the show you would like to attend. Thank you for your support!

Featured Playwrights
Earlier Event: May 2
TEEN READING with Anika Nailah
Later Event: May 4
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