Genre: Festival

Two weeks of urban theater by a cross section of urban playwrights and performing artists. This year's diverse collection of works cover topics ranging from war to homelessness, love and sex to gender identity and, geographically, from the Bronx and Queens to Manhattan.

The Shows -

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 @ 7:30pm
By James Gillard
DUTF 2003 Best Audience winner James Gillard returns with a new work about
a writer who pens a fantasy world laced with seduction, terror and tragedy,
taking you on a psychological excursion through substance abuse.
Unbeknownst to him, he's about to write his greatest work – "his life."

THURSDAY, JUNE 23 @ 7:30pm
Come Back To Me
By Jesse Cameron Alick
Come Back To Me is a tale about religion, secrets and communication in the African American family. With a poetic arrangement that flows easily from amusing banter to sticky political debates, playwright/Zen master Jesse Cameron Alick combines different voices and personalities, weaving Buddhist and Christian prayers together and taking on the themes of mistaken conception, judgment and the true nature of unconditional love.

Cross Lines: A Black Woman's Perspective
By Ebony Washington (with Patricia Belizario)
In this debut play by award-winning poet/writer Ebony Washington, a woman travels across the country to speak with five women about politics. They share their diverse opinions of Black women . . . and the importance of getting involved with the political process?

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 @ 7:30pm
Inside Cherry Pitz
By Cyndi Freeman
Young Cherry longs to be a Drag Queen like her dad (Harry Pitz) but she meets with adventure in Tinseltown where, by a sudden fluke, she makes it big as an Elvis impersonator. But with fame comes a price – the longer she plays Elvis, the more her life begins to unravel.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 @ 7:30pm
The Dakota
By Bill Fowkes
Two worlds collide in this new play by playwright/author Bill Fowkes when a 71-year old gay resident of New York's most fabled apartment building entertains his first visitor in five years.

Diary of a Baby Diva
By Holly Bass
In this one-woman showcase, writer/performance artist Holly Bass traces a perennial good girl's transformation, from her conservative, traditional Baptist upbringing in suburban California to her immersion in NYC's gay nightclub scene, finally culminating with her discovery of an inner diva who incorporates the best of both worlds.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28 @ 7:30pm
B4T (before testosterone)
By Imani Henry
In this funny and powerful multi-media work, writer/performer Imani Henry presents three people who tell their stories of being Black, female-bodied and masculine in today's society. The action spins the threads of discovery, loss and love that connect these three people.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 @ 7:30pm
Murphy's Law
By Reg E. Gaines
Reg E. Gaines, Tony/Grammy-nominated writer of Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk, unveils a sociopolitical, critical analysis of Black America, seen through the eyes of two Black homeless men, which takes places in Union Square Park a day after September 11th.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 @ 7:30pm
Stockholm, Brooklyn
By Desmond Hall
Award-winning director/writer Desmond Hall presents a moving play about Brice, a man who made it out of "da hood" and became a business professional. However, he doesn't believe in giving back to that community because it never gave him anything. One night Brice gets kidnapped by a couple of bumbling thugs and then experiences Stockholm syndrome (where a captive sympathizes with his captors.)

FRIDAY, JULY 1 @ 7:30pm
Tours of Duty
By Mel Nieves
Two brothers in Queens (one a Gulf War veteran and the other about to go on his first tour of duty in Iraq) debate the choice of serving your country during a questionable time of war and the cost that, that choice to serve has on one's personal life as well as on their families.

3 To A Session: A Monster's Tale
By Desi Moreno-Penson
Taking place in a surrealistic realm between life and death, a man and two women engage in sexual play-acting scenarios, leading them into memories of loss, love, adolescent sexual longing and domestic violence.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 @ 7:30pm
The Bronx Witch Project
By Alba Sanchez
Nuyorican actress, writer and comedienne Alba Sanchez presents an urban tale that crosses through cults and cultural borders – from boarding schools in Manhattan to the armpits of the South Bronx. It's a provocative sendup of Latina life and statements on racism, politics, love and religion

Open:   06/22/05
Close:   07/02/05

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Theater:   Cherry Lane Theatre
Address:   38 Commerce St.
New York, NY 10014
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Cost:$25.00, $20.00 in advance
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