The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Festival Competition is November 16-18, 2018 in the Buriel Clay Theater at the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco.
The staged reading festival is the culmination of our theatre's Playwrights Competition, launched in July to discover new scripts that insure prominent roles for African American females. Over 80 original scripts were judged based upon criteria that included addressing a social issue in a comedic way and having at least two African American women characters interact, one of whom is at least 40 years old.
The three finalists are:
☐ Saturday, Nov. 17, 3:00 pm – MISS LAURA MAYE OF HARLEM by Jamal Williams
☐ Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:00 pm – PANCAKE QUEEN by Brie Knight
☐ Sunday, Nov. 18, 3:00 pm – FLOW by Cleavon Smith + Winners Ceremony & Closing Reception
The winning playwright will be announced on Sunday, November 18th during the closing ceremony followed by a tribute to the theater’s namesake, Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote A Raisin’ In The Sun, and Ntozake Shange, who recently passed away, who wrote For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Both women were trailblazing playwrights whose works were performed on Broadway changing the face of theater and expanding what was possible for black female artists.
Ticket Prices: $15-$25 Adults; $10-$20 Seniors (65+) & Students; $35-$45 Weekend Pass (includes all three readings, Meet & Greet and receptions). Groups of 10+, contact the Box Office for 15% discounted rates.