We continue to be committed to creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, we are thrilled to be producing our third annual Virtual Festival of Short Plays, a virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color.
FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY 23-24, 2023 at 7PM EST
The festival will run on Abingdon Theatre Company’s YouTube page:
Soup Kitchen Saintz by Cris Eli Blak
The Reverend Dr. Paul(i) Murray by Ada A.
Threat Assessment by Maximillian Gill
Miles to Go by Alexis Krysten Morgan
CAST + DIRECTOR ANNOUNCEMENT
The cast for the 4 selected plays will feature Jaspal Binning (NBC’s New Amsterdam), Almeria Campbell (Netflix’s “Madam Secretary”), Charlotte Cohn (La Boheme), Jeffrey Grover (HBO’s “Succession”), Joe Joseph (The Kite Runner), Jamil A.C. Mangan (CBS’s “Blue Bloods”), Alysha Morgan, Dave Tyrik, Kristin Watson, Rema Webb (The Music Man), and Curtis Wiley (Ain’t Too Proud).
The festival will feature direction by Chari Arespacochaga, Alberto Bonilla, Deidre Goodwin, and Reva Stover.
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Cris Eli Blak is an emerging Black playwright. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence at The State University of New York – Oswego and the recipient of the Emerging Playwrights Fellowship from The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. He was a resident playwright with Fosters Theatrical Artists Residency, Paterson Performing Arts Development Council and La Lengua Teatro en Español/AlterTheater Ensemble; the recipient of the Michael Bradford Residency from Quick Silver Theatre Company; and was in the inaugural class of fellows for the Black Theatre Coalition. He continues to aim to tell authentic and unapologetic stories of people of color in America.
Ada A. is a Catholic playwright. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she was a 2021 National Young Playwright in Residency at Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles. She was, also, the inaugural artist in residency for Prop Thtr’s Nest Residency in 2021. She was a 2022 Semi-Finalist for Black Theatre’s Future of Playwriting Prize. Recent works include Tokens of Promise (2022 BAPF Semi-Finalist), developed as part of Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs and Victory Garden Theater’s IGNITE Chicago. Good Years (2021 BAPF Semi-Finalist), Peking Apples (National Young Playwrights Residency). Her one-act play, The Reverend Dr. Paul(i) Murray, was commissioned and produced by Valiant Theatre in Chicago; it was later produced at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio. Ada is a proud artistic associate of Prop Thtr.
Alexis Krysten Morgan is a playwright, educator, and advocate who desires to use her art to create healing spaces for communities of color and individuals with exceptionalities. She has been a fellow with Company One Theatre in Boston, MA, and TC Squared Theatre Company in Cambridge, MA. Her work includes CONCRETE DREAMS, THE POLITICS OF MARRIAGE, KNOW WHO YOU ARE, and REPAST which were produced by TC Squared. Other works including SHOW ME and ACTS OF JOY were presented and commissioned as part of Company One’s series. Her play, FOLLOWING THE RULES was part of Boston’s Theatre Marathon’s festival. Most recently, her television pilot, BY THE WAYSIDE, made it to the 2nd round of Sundance’s 2021 Episodic Lab.
Maximillian Gill was born in India and received his master’s in creative writing in California. He is currently based in New York. His work has been staged by a number of companies and festivals including the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in Liverpool, the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, Theatre West in Los Angeles, the New York Fringe Festival, and the New York City Children’s Theater. His short film about an Indian country-western singer premiered at the Marina Del Rey film festival in 2022. Much of his work can be read on New Play Exchange.
“Abingdon has stayed true to its mission for thirty years, shedding light on emerging artists. I am thrilled to continue the legacy with our Virtual Festival of Short Plays: stories about the human experience that reflect our social, political, historical, and cultural diversity.”–Chad Austin, Artisic Director
To see highlights from last year’s festival click here!
For more info on our 2nd annual virtual festival click here!
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IN THE NEWS
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BROADWAY WORLD: Abingdon Theatre Company has announced the opening of submissions for their Virtual Festival of Short Plays.