- An inspired collection of 12 short plays commissioned by the OBIE award winning Harlem9 in their annual 48Hours in…™ Harlem play festival. Written by established and emerging playwrights, the 12 plays presented in this collection are: Dennis A. Allen II’s Where the Sun Don’t Shine • Shaun Neblett’s 5% Ring Dream • Jocelyn Bioh’s Teena… With Two “E”’s • Nambi E. Kelley’s A Rose Deferred • Nathan Yungerberg’s Brush Strokes • Myla Francine Churchill-Barrett’s Tempest Tossed • Jesse Cameron Alick’s for colored boys who have considered colored girls when what was wasn’t enough • Lucy Judith Adong’s’ Blood • J. Holtham’s Shadow Of An Angel • Pia Wilson’s All OK • James Scruggs’ Better Than Yellow • Nikkole E. Salter’s Keepers
- Presented at The National Black Theatre in Harlem, New York City, August 2013 and 2014, these plays were inspired by some of our great American storytellers including: Aimé Césaire , Lorraine Hansberry, Leslie Lee, Lynn Nottage, Joseph A. Walker, and August Wilson.
“48Hours in…™ Harlem makes theatrical miracles that provoke and inspire.” Kent Gash (Associate Arts Professor: Academic Director/NYU - Tisch)
"48Hours in…™ Harlem - The right people at the right time in the right place telling the right stories.” Tonya Pinkins (Film/Theater Actress and Author)
“48Hours in…™ Harlem is rhythm, blues, laughter and family reunion reminiscence.” Dominique Morisseau (Playwright and AEA Actress)
“48Hours in…™ Harlem was one of the most challenging, thrilling,community-inspired theater events in New York City theater. We came together as black theater makers, we collaborated, we made and told story and we celebrated each other. No other event like it.” Keith Josef Adkins (Playwright and Artistic Director of New Black Fest)
"48Hours in…™ Harlem is an enthralling combustion of talent, drama, and community” Robert O’Hara (Writer and Director)
About the Author
The Producing Body:
Spencer Scott Barros, an actor/producer/facilitator/teaching artist and Associate Artistic Director of Liberation Theatre Company. Spencer facilitates global discussion on creating an inclusive and respectful work environment.
Sandra A. Daley-Sharif is a professional actor, director, producer, dramaturge and award winning playwright. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Liberation Theatre Company. Sandra also facilitates LTC's Black Playwrights' Group and is a member of several professional theatre organizations.
Bryan E. Glover is an arts producer, filmmaker and writer. He is a professional leadership and life coach, who is currently a Field Leadership Fund Fellow. Bryan has worked with various artists across diverse artistic fields.
Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly is a writer, producer and photographer, whose writing can be found in The New York Times and Washington Post. Garlia is the founder of Blackboard Plays, an organization devoted to Black Playwrights and their stories.
Eric Lockley is an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker and producer, whose work has been featured on stages in NY, Chicago, and South Africa, and on the small screen on BET, HBO, and MTV.
Jonathan McCrory is the Director of Theater Arts Programming at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Jonathan is an actor, director and producer.
This anthology is an exciting achievement for us and celebrates the work we have witnessed and helped to create, since our founding in 2010. It is an example of the diverse work within our community of Black Voices that exists when given the opportunity to create in a fully supportive environment.
Table of Contents
Where The Sun Don’t Shine DENNIS A. ALLEN II
5% Ring Dream SHAUN NEBLETT
Teena… With Two “E”’s JOCELYN BIOH
A Rose Deferred NAMBI E. KELLEY
Brush Strokes NATHAN YUNGERBERG
Tempest Tossed MYLA FRANCENE CHURCHILL-BARRETT
for colored boys who have considered colored girls when what
was wasn’t enough JESSE CAMERON ALICK
Blood LUCY JUDITH ADONG
Shadow Of An Angel J. HOLTHAM
All OK PIA WILSON
Better Than Yellow JAMES SCRUGGS
Keepers NIKKOLE SALTER