Genre: Festival
Featuring new plays be France-Luce Benson, Jocelyn Bioh, Kevin R. Free, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Zoey Martinson, Antoinette

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. For the third year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival, providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what's possible in "black theater." The festival's core production is a short play festival, presenting new work by featured playwrights. Other festival programming includes panel discussions, staged readings, and concert events. 

The 2012 Fire This Time Festival, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group, will run January 16-25 at The Kraine Theater and The Red Room (both located at 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). Tickets to the 10-Minute Play Festival ($15) are available online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444. Reservations for free events are highly recommended. Email with your name, performance date, and number of tickets requested.

The Fire This Time 10-Minute Play Festival

January 19, 20, 21 & 25 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater $15

The Talk

Written by France-Luce Benson

Directed by Jamie Robinson 
Manu's little girl is all grown-up. Now it's her turn. But there's just one question: How does one ”rabbit”?


Written by Jocelyn Bioh

Directed by Nicole Watson
It's a typical Friday night at Mansion Night Club: Sweet Thing is late, Saffronia is full of attitude, Peaches is preparing to perform and Aunt Sarah is keeping folks in line... as usual.  Inspired by a Nina Simone song (Four Women) Four imagines a world in which all of these women co-exist (and have plenty to say about it).

The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: Dream One

Written by Kevin R. Free

Directed by Christopher Burris
An artist struggles with his present as he dreams of his future. This dream is the first scene of Kevin R. Free’s full-length play, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.


Little Louise

Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd

Directed by Donya K. Washington
The Madame of a whorehouse has tea with her inner child, while listening to the brand new Billie Holiday record. The games that little girls play are especially dangerous for grown black women. Little Louise, is the story of a biracial woman in the 1930’s, who understands the law of supply and demand in the business of love.

The Pitch

Written by Zoey Martinson

Directed by Brandon Gardner
The Pitch takes a comedic look at two young black writers trying to sell a modern Black movie to studio executives. See how far they are willing go and how much they are willing to sacrifice to get their movie made.

Vanna White Must Die

Written by Antoinette Nwandu

Directed by Dan Rogers 
With a pie in the oven and her boyfriend’s disapproving Mother in the next room, wallflower Seena needs to make a hit. Problem is, her best friend turned arch nemesis Vanna White has other plans. With wit and humor, Vanna White Must Die answers the question, what's a girl gotta do to keep her love alive? 


Written by Jerome Parker

Directed by LA Williams
Haunted by a case, a homicide detective blurs the lines between past, present, home and work in this gritty, street drama. 


Panel Discussion: Diversity in Contemporary Theatre: (Type) Casting

January 16 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater FREE


Staged Readings

The Red Room @ 8pm FREE

January 17: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
January 18: Lords Resistance by Camille Darby
January 22: thus have I heard: tales of the last bodhisattva by Jesse Cameron Alick 
January 23: Untitled by Yusef Miller 
January 24: One Quarter by Christine Jean Chambers

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL was founded in 2009 by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists. To date, The Fire This Time Festival has produced new work by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop on Broadway), Radha Blank (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Kelley Girod (2011 Person of the Year), Deborah Asimwee, Derek Lee McPhatter (New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Playwright’s of Color Fellowship finalist), Germono Toussaint ((L)imitations at the Lark Play Development Center), Pia Wilson (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Jesse Cameron Alick (LaMaMa-Loped), Camille Darby (2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center), Christine Jean Chambers, Marcus Gardley (2011 PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright), Dominique Morisseau (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), and Yusef Miller (Made at Horse Trade). 

The first season of the festival brought together over thirty collaborative performers, directors, and other collaborators to create an amazing evening of short one-act plays. Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group over a five- show run in February 2010, the first season of the festival sold out every presentation. Exploring themes from euthanasia, hero-worship, intergenerational conflict, and more, the inaugural season of The Fire This Time Festival presented a dynamic theatrical experience. 

Following the success of the first year, The Fire This Time Festival has continued to grow, with input from participating playwrights and other collaborators. The festival has evolved into an annual January event, expanding upon its core short play presentations to offer panel discussions, staged readings, and other programs. With ongoing momentum, The Fire This Time Festival has quickly become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater.

About the Company: Horse Trade Theater Group

Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

Open:   01/16/12
Close:   01/25/12

January 16 through 25 at 8pm
Theater:   The Kraine Theater
Address:   85 E. 4th Street
New York, nb p;NY 
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