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Emerging Playwrights Competition | The Negro Ensemble Company


Cast of Hurricane House (C. Kelly Wright, Brooks Brantly, Myxolydia Tyler, and Kene Holliday). Photo credit: TANJA.com | The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.

Last week marked the kickoff of The Negro Ensemble Company’s (NEC) Cutting Edge Playhouse: Emerging Playwrights Competition with the world premiere of Wendell Edward Carter’s Hurricane House.

Aspiring to promote the next generation of “Playwriting Giants”, this series produces workshop productions of three new works in hopes of selecting one for full production in an upcoming season (via audience feedback and a panel of industry judges).  This year’s finalists include: Wendell Edward Carter (Hurricane House), Michael A. Jones (Hercules Didn’t Wade In the Water), and Holly M. Eaton (Swing).

home-river-niger-playbillNEC’s long-standing legacy of introducing new works include award winning plays by Samm-Art Williams (Home, produced by NEC in 1979 and moving to Broadway in 1980) and Jospeh A. Walker (The River Niger, produced by NEC in 1972 and moving to Broadway in 1973).

negro-ensemble-company-bannerNEC’s Cutting Edge Playhouse:
Emerging Playwrights Competition

Hurricane House, by Wendell Edward Carter | August 11-14, 2016
Hercules Didn’t Wade In the Water, by Michael A. Jones | August 18-21, 2016
Swing, by Holly M. Eaton | August 25-28, 2016

August 11, 2016 – September 4, 2016
Thursdays – Saturdays 8PM | Sunday Matinee 3PM

Summer Shares at La MaMa
74 East 4th St. | New York, NY

$18 General Admission | $15 Seniors, Students, & Groups of 10 or More
Online | necinc.org
Phone | OvationTix 866-811-4111

More Info
The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. | necinc.org | Facebook


About the author

Marcus Dargan is the Artistic Director of NuAFrikan Theatre and a recipient of the Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award for his play Dream Deferred, which was nominated for the AUDELCO 2012 Dramatic Production of the Year. He was last seen in the role created by Ken Page in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the Harlem Repertory Theatre, a show garnering five AUDELCO Award nominations. He is the author of the play Antichrist Lament, which received workshop performances at the Manhattan Theatre Source PlayGround Development Series and Nuyorican Poet’s Café. He is an adjunct professor of the Speech, Communications and Theatre department at Borough of Manhattan Community where he received an A.S. in Theatre. He also holds a B.A. in Theatre and M.S.Ed. in Educational Theatre from City College of New York. marcusdargan.com


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