Premiering on September 16, Arena Stage’s third film in four months, The 51st State, is inspired by the protests and the drive for the creation of a movement after the murder of George Floyd and the quest for the creation of the 51st state and sovereignty in Washington, D.C.
Farah wrote the first monologue in the film, "Real Change."
As we prepare for a robust year of performances and events in 2021, The Welders would like to invite you to learn more about Jared Shamberger’s 2021 documentary theatre project, The B Word. Devised from a series of interviews featuring Black, gay men in the DC-area, The B Word investigates Black, gay men’s relationship to the concept of beauty, self-worth, and their own queer identities. Join The Welders as we address questions that the documentary project poses for ourselves and share a few, insightful, honest, reflections from B Word interviewees.
After the presentation, stick around on Zoom to ask us questions about our plans and projects for the year ahead. The presentation is approximately 30 minutes and the discussion to follow is approximately 30 minutes.
August 26, 2020
Over the course of the next few months, these playwrights will be workshopping original, full-length plays with YPT. Playwrights will meet virtually with YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris in workshop sessions for their scripts and will present their plays publicly in two virtual readings in February and May 2021. Playwrights will complete the program in May 2021 with carefully developed scripts that they will take with them as they continue their journey as playwrights.
August 20, 2020
The 2020 List has been created to honor and hold space for new plays which were cancelled, postponed, or closed early due to COVID-19, and were written by the women, trans, and non-binary writers of the American theatre. It is our hope that this List will serve as a snapshot in time of this moment in the American Theatre, and that when we are allowed to gather once more as artists and audiences, the leadership of theatres large and small across the country will remember that audiences were primed and eager for risky, vital new plays by exciting and diverse voices.
May 11, 2020