Black Ops Theatre Company proudly presents the 2018 Bull City Black Theater Festival, an event created to highlight the voices of current, local Black theatre-makers and creators while hopefully, inspiring a wave of emerging artists and theatergoers who will help populate the stages and audiences of black theatre by black theatre artist. In addition to featuring staged readings of three new works / works in progress by local Black playwrights presented Black Ops Theatre Co., Black Poetry Theatre and Mojoaa Performing Arts at Manbites Dog Theater, the festival also host free local artist-taught workshops for the community, a Masterclass with playwright Howard L. Craft, as well as two open community conversations.
Bull City Black Theater Festival celebrates Black culture in the arts, taking pride in Black stories and supporting the tellers. To promote accessibility the majority of the workshops are donation based and open to the public. The festival welcomes allies and is not exclusionary, but, explicitly challenges white supremacy, misogyny, under and mis-representation in the theatre by affirming equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices at the beginning and end of the journey with art and as artists.
BCBTF will partner playwrights with local directors, playwrights, technicians, and actors to explore and present barebones presentations of new, short plays and includes a Masterclass with playwright, Howard L. Craft; acting workshop with actor, LaKeisha Coffey; Movement with Tristan A. Parks, MFA candidate UNC Dept. of Dramatic Art; Coffee, Conversation and Tips for actors with Kathy Williams of Playmakers Rep.; Performance and Creativity workshop for women 50+ with playwright Robin Carmon Marshall and actor, Rhetta Green; and two community conversations (1) Black Theatre: Then, Now, Locally with Dr. John Harris, Loretta Green and JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and (2) A talk with artist, Monét Marshall about her performance art exhibition: Buy My Soul and Call it Art.
Schedule of Public Events Thursday, March 15th 2018 7:30pm Black Ops Theatre Co. presents a staged reading of 12.21.09 by NaTasha Thompson DIRECTED BY KYMA LASSITER An original piece depicting critical days leading up to the deployment of Lt. Alexandra Sparrow. Based in North Carolina, Alex must decide who will have custody of her child during her tour in Afghanistan. A pulsation of scenes challenging race, parenthood and the dynamics of family; 12.21.09 was conceived to facilitate difficult conversation. Friday March 16th 2018 7:30pm Black Poetry Theatre presents a staged reading of Definition of a Hero by Dasan Ahanu “Definition of a Hero” interrogates our idea of a hero while examining the complex relationships between perception and understanding. Through a combination of rhyme, rhythm, and music coupled with thought-provoking verse, this production brings images of courage, frailty, hope, and joy to life. The production features original pieces performed by actors and poets. The aim is to highlight the stories that cannot go untold. Saturday, March 17th 11:00am - 12:45pm - Playwriting Masterclass w/ Howard L. Craft 1:00pm- 2:45pm - The Playground: Acting Workshop w/ Lakeisha Coffey 3:00pm-4:45pm - Soulprovisation: Movement w/ Tristan Parks 7:30pm - Mojoaa Performing Arts presents Raissanour by Monet Marshall Raissoneur (pronounced rez-uh-nur) is a character in a play, novel, or the like who voices the central theme, philosophy, or point of view of the work, also known as the voice of the writer. But how can there be one voice when we are such complex and multifaceted people? A one-act, one-woman play with 7 actors, [rez-uh-nur] is a play within a play, a whodunit and a performance piece rolled into one. But ultimately its a story of finding our many parts and making them whole. Friday March 23rd 2018 7:30pm Community Conversation: Black Theatre - Then, Now, Locally An interactive Black Theatre Overview with John Harris, Rhetta Green and JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell Saturday March 24th 2018 11:00am- 12:45pm Coffee, Conversation and Tips for actors w/ Kathy Hunter-Williams Along with sharing stories about her personal experience as a professional actor, Kathy Hunter-Williams of Playmakers Rep gives tips on resumes, headshots, monologue selection and more 12:00pm- 2:00pm Next Act: Performance and Creativity workshop for women 50+ This workshop offers a unique opportunity to gather, create, play and explore in a safe and supportive affinity space. 3pm Artist Talkback A community conversation with artist Monet Marshall about her performance art exhibition: Buy My Soul and Call it Art