The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Festival is the culmination of our theatre's Playwrights Competition, launched in July, to discover new scripts that would insure prominent roles for African American females.
Over 80 original scripts submitted by playwrights nationwide were judged based upon criteria that included addressing a social issue in a comedic way and having at least two African American women characters interacting, one of whom is over 40 years old.
Three finalists were selected to be presented as staged readings during the festival with characters that range from 104 year old MISS LAURA MAYE OF HARLEM to former slave Nancy Green who became famous as "Aunt Jemima" in PANCAKE QUEEN to Stuntwoman Gigi in FLOW whose biological clock is ticking!
MISS LAURA MAYE OF HARLEM is an historically accurate themed play that examines important points in the life of a 104 year-old black woman who lived her life entirely in Harlem. In the fictionalized script, she dies after a surprise birthday party and is faced with a decision to follow one of two spirits who would lead her down very different paths.
PANCAKE QUEEN is a fantastical, witty, and harrowing historical imagining of a time in 1893 when former slave, Nancy Green, was hired by a Missouri miller, Randolph T. Davis, to portray the first iteration of the marketing icon, "Aunt Jemima."
In FLOW, Gigi, a 40-year-old stuntwoman who is tired of almost dying for a living, decides she wants to have a baby. Ticking louder than her biological clock is the one that counts down the days of her boyfriend's final week in town before he moves across country to start his new job.
The winning entry, which has not yet been determined, will be announced on Sunday, November 18th followed by a Closing Ceremony and Reception.
Come and be part of this unique event! Purchase tickets to individual readings or buy a Weekend Pass that includes all three staged readings and a special Meet N' Greet Playwrights Reception on Friday evening.
PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov.16, 8:00 pm – Meet N' Greet Playwrights Reception (Included with Weekend Pass Only)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 3:00 pm – MISS LAURA MAYE OF HARLEM by Jamal Williams, directed by Aldo Billingslea
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:00 pm – PANCAKE QUEEN by Brie Knight
Sunday, Nov. 18, 3:00 pm – FLOW by Cleavon Smith + Winners Ceremony & Closing Reception (Included in Ticket Price)
Ticket Prices: $15-$25 Adults; $10-$20 Seniors (65+) & Students; $35-$45 Weekend Pass (includes all three readings & Meet N' Greet Playwrights Reception Friday, 11/16 @ 8 PM). Contact the Box Office for a 15% discount for groups of 10, or more.
To Learn More and Purchase Tickets Online: Go to https://www.LHTSF.org
and Click Get Tickets. Box Office: (415) 474-8800. Email: [email protected]
Performance Venue: Buriel Clay Theater in the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street (near Webster), San Francisco. Limited parking in adjacent lot. Close to MUNI lines 5 Fulton & 21 Hayes.