NEW YORK CITY: Harlem9, a collaborative producing organization dedicated to exploring Black culture and celebrating its rich history of storytelling, has announced plans for the 10th anniversary of 48Hours in…™Harlem to be a global, digital event. The event will feature short plays created by six playwrights over the course of 48 hours, and will be streamed on Veeps.com, Aug. 20-24, 2020. Tickets for the event begin at $10.
This year’s playwrights are Keith Josef Adkins, Brittany K. Allen, Tracey Conyer Lee, Nadine Mozon, jeremy o’brian, and L. Trey Wilson. The directors will be Marjuan Canady, nicHi douglas, Raja Feather Kelly, Malika Oyetimein, Logan Pitts, and Dominique Rider. Acting in the plays will be Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew, Eric Berryman, Kaaron Briscoe, Ashley Bufkin, Brandon E. Burton, Shavanna Calder, Broderick Clavery, Rasheda Crockett, Patricia R. Floyd, Freddie Fulton, Ashley N. Hildreth, Many Kumasi, April Matthis, Javon Q. Minter, AK Murthadha, Larry Owens, David Ryan Smith, and D. Woods.
Harlem9’s commissioning of playwrights of color to tell their stories in their annual 48Hours in…™Harlem festival began in 2011, with last year’s festival branching out nationally to partner with Pregones/PRTT for 48Hours in…™El Bronx, Detroit Public Theatre for 48Hours in…™Detroit, and the National Black Theatre Festival and NC Black Rep for 48Hours in…™Holy Ground.
This year’s festival playwrights were inspired by the same six classic Black plays from Harlem9’s inaugural festival: Zooman and the Sign, The Colored Museum, Day of Absense, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Dutchman, and Black Terror. New plays were then written in a 48 hour period (July 17-19), and then rehearsed and recorded during an additional 48 hour period (July 24-25), culminating in a four-night streaming event.