Conversation with Tonya Pinkins Kicks Off New Black Fest 2012 Tonight, Oct 8
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by BWW News Desk
THE NEW BLACK FEST, a festival of theater, music and discussion from the African Diaspora will launch its 3rd season in October at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. With support from TimeWarner and a partnership with 651 ARTS, the Festival will take place today, October 8 – 13 at various locations, including the National Black Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Center, the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center. All of the events are Free and open to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Lynn Nottage and Suzan-Lori Parks are on The New Black Fest's Advisory Board, among others. Ms. Nottage told The New York Times, "This [event] is not about separation, it's about inclusion. It's about inviting people who don't get access."
The kick off event is a collaboration with The New Black Fest and 651 ARTS. It's a candid conversation with Tony Award Winning Actress Tonya Pinkins moderated by PONY Fellow Dominique Morisseau. The event will be hosted by The Classical Theatre of Harlem at the Audubon Ballroom in NYC tonight, October 8 at 7pm.
Featured artists and works include the New Black Fest inaugural playwriting fellows Kevin R. Free, Mfoniso Udofia and Glenn Gordon (in partnership with 651 ARTS), Chicago-based playwright Carla Stillwell and her play BODIES about homosexuality in the black church (in collaboration with Woodie King's New Federal Theater), Marcus Gardley and his play black Odyssey about a Harlem-born soldier who never returns home, singer/songwriter imani uzuri (Gypsy Diaries) with excerpts of her new musical GIRL SHAKES LOOSE HER SKIN based on the texts of sonia sanchez, violinist/singer Mazz Swift (All Ya Needs That Negrocity, The Today Show), dancer/ choreographer Andre Zachery (Renegade Performance Group) and his solo piece I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, and Ugandan playwright and Fulbright fellow Judith Adong and her politically-charged play SILENT VOICES that boldly examines the war in northern Uganda. (Silence Voices is hosted by Classical Theatre of Harlem).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski