UNION, N.J.: Premiere Stages has named Tylie Shider the recipient of the 2021-22 Liberty Live commission for Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family. Liberty Live is a biennial commission for New Jersey playwrights, in partnership with Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum, that celebrates the state’s history.
Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family explores a family’s divided response to the 1967 riots in Plainfield, N.J., which followed the assault of a Black cab driver by police. The script will receive three developmental staged readings in October 2021, with a full production tentatively scheduled for October 2022. Shider will also receive a $2,000 award.
Shider is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center and is an I Am Soul playwright-in-residence at the National Black Theatre. A Plainfield native, Shider holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Premiere Stages has been the professional theatre in residence at Kean University since 2004.
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