New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest Prize $1,000

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Playwrights Foundation- Rough Reading BERTA, BERTA BY ANGELICA CHERÍ Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

THE REWRITE:

  • An imagined origin story of the prison song “Berta, Berta” from an emerging playwright, directed by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones
April 28, 2017

DON’T MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING!

Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

Featuring:
Dawn Troupe-Masi*
Toby Windham*

*Actor’s Equity Association

 Eventbrite - Playwrights Foundation ROUGH READINGS Series

After committing an unforgivable crime, Leroy retreats to his long-lost lover Berta’s house to take refuge and make amends. Their electrifying reunion swells from an agitated argument about the past to an impassioned plot to escape fate and start a new life. Angelica Cherí weaves an intimate and imaginary origin story that explores the reality of incarcerated African Americans in the 1920s.

Angelica Cherí is a playwright, musical theatre book writer/lyricist, screenwriter and poet. Her play The Sting of White Roses, Part Two of the Prophet’s Cycle, was produced at the North Carolina Black Repertory Company for a limited run. Part One of the Prophet’s Cycle, The Seeds of Abraham, was produced at the Billie Holiday Theatre and workshopped at the Pershing Square Signature Center, under the mentorship of playwright Lynn Nottage. Angelica is also currently an I AM SOUL Playwright Fellow at the National Black Theatre, developing I Will Not Lie to David, Part Three of The Prophet’s Cycle. Her original TV pilot Derailed is currently a semi-finalist for the Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay Competition for the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival. Angelica received her BA in Theatre from UCLA, MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. http://www.angelicacheri.com
Learn more about the play HERE
 
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Arizona International Film Festival- ENVIRONMENTAL DAY (APRIL 24) at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival

ENVIRONMENTAL DAY (APRIL 24)
at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival
Keri Pickett
United States, 2017, 94 min.
 
The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for “first daughter”), the “black snake is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through land granted to her tribe in an 1855 Treaty, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional way of life.

Winona dreams that she is riding her horse against the current of the oil. Launching an annual spiritual horse ride along the proposed pipeline route, speaking at community meetings and regulatory hearings.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
$6 admission
David McIlvride and Roger Williams
Canada, 2016, 95 min.
Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, RiverBlue follows international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry.
Spanning the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors worldwide, RiverBlue reveals stunning and shocking images that truly change the way we look at how our clothing is made.
This groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. An exquisitely crafted, fascinating, emotional and moving documentary turned global agent for change.
 
Monday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
 
Preceded by
Dawn George
Canada, 2016, 6 min.
Up close, mold is an intricate mass of branching filaments and delicate fruiting bodies creating a colourful connected web. When viewed from a distance, mold loses its complexities and a more destructive nature is realized – much like the world we live in.
 
Monday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
$6 admission
All films will be screened at The Screening Room

located at 127 East Congress in downtown Tucson

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Ruminate Magazine-The 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

Contest closes May 15th
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Friends, distill that moment.


 “I like having a phrase lying around to get poems started.
It’s like having a key.”  — Shane McCrae

If you’re like us, you have poems everywhere—half-hidden in files and folders and titled things like “Renewal,” “Family,” or “Conflict.”  They creep into margins, install themselves in the pages of your notebooks. And sometimes, you can watch them crystallize around a single photo, a single phrase, a single second.

Our finalist judge, Shane McCrae thinks of these phrases as keys, unlocking the truth hiding in that moment. The poem that forms around those phrases makes that truth accessible in a way no other form can—it invites the reader to experience it for themselves.

So return to that poem, the one that is only partly done but already rings true. Sit with it. Return to the phrase that created it and unlock that door.

The 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize closes May 15th, with a $1500 cash prize and publication in Ruminate awarded to the winning poet and $200 and publication in Ruminate awarded to the second-place poet.

Please, accept our invitation to submit your poems.  It’s time to share that truth.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK

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Kristin George Bagdanov

Poetry Editor
Ruminate Magazine
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The Playwrights Foundation-TD MITCHELL RETURNS WITH A NEW PLAY LAST ROUGH READING ANNOUNCED WE’RE HIRING AN OFFICE MANAGER! SAVE THE DATE: PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

THE REWRITE:

  • TD MITCHELL RETURNS WITH A NEW PLAY
  • LAST ROUGH READING ANNOUNCED
  • WE’RE HIRING AN OFFICE MANAGER!
  • SAVE THE DATE: PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 
April 12, 2017

DON’T MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING

VRTU-L
BY T.D. MITCHELL

Directed by Jayne Wenger
Featuring:      
Amin El Gamal*, Kenny Toll*, Valerie Weak*, &Kathryn Zdan*
*Actor’s Equity Association

 Eventbrite - Playwrights Foundation ROUGH READINGS Series

Fresh off the printer just this week, the play experiments with the
disorienting and ridiculous, prone to shifting rules, technical issues like pixellation and buffering, and yet finding moments of honesty, intimacy and human longing. VRTU-L is the final play in T.D.’s Veterans Trilogy, that includesQueens for a Year (BAPF 2013) and Beyond the 17th Parallel.


Best known as writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series “Army Wives”, TD MITCHELL’s award-winning play scripts include A Gray Matter, In Dog Years, and Beyond the 17th Parallel (being adapted as a feature film), and Queens For A Year (World Premiere at Hartford Stage Sept 2016; read at BAPF).

Learn more about the play HERE and read TD’s interview on VRTU-L HERE


UP NEXT – BERTA, BERTA by Angelica Chéri


Our last Rough Reading of the 2016-17 season – May 8 & 9

Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

From this up and coming playwright by way of the Tisch School, UCLA ,and Columbia comes a searing, sexy new play inspired by the prison chain gang song “Berta, Berta” that originated in the notorious Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary.  It is an electrifying, imaginary origin story.

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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- 14 tracks, of Seanachai stories (some of them true!) With titles like, “Balfe the Robber” and “ Nostradamus and Me.

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Betty Webb Author- New Lena Jones Novel, DESERT VENGEANCE

Betty Webb Author- New Lena Jones Novel, DESERT VENGEANCE

Betty Webb’s new Lena Jones Novel, DESERT VENGEANCE, published in February to critical acclaim: “No once writes Southwestern mysteries as well as Betty Webb!” FIVE STAR GOOD READS review.

While pursuing a murderer, P.I. Lena Jones finally comes to terms with her tragic past.  Read the first two chapters at http://www.bettywebb-mystery.com.

Taken from the WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors April-May 2017 Vol. 46. No. 2

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