Poetry Electric: Celebrating The Words of Black Playwrights


La Mama E.T.C.

Location: La Mama E.T.C., Downstairs Lounge @ 66 East 4th Street

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 11th @ 7:30PM

Poetry Electric returns for Black History Month to celebrate the words of Black Playwrights with an evening of selected monologue presentations hosted by Professor Richard Wesley!

Richard Wesley, Karen Chilton, Maurice McRae, Spencer Scott Barros, R. Ashley Bowles, Messeret Stroman-Wheeler, Richarda Abrams, Kim Weston-Moran, Sarah Tournesoul Shah

Richard Wesley was born in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Howard University. He studied Playwriting under the tutelage of Owen Dodson and Ted Shine. A member of the New Lafayette Theater from 1970 through 1973, he served as Managing Editor of its Black Theater magazine. He was presented with a Drama Desk Award for his 1971 stage play, THE BLACK TERROR. His 1978 play, THE MIGHTY GENTS, appeared on Broadway. Mr. Wesley is currently an Associate Professor in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and has just completed eight years as the Chair of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing there. He is a former Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, East, Inc., and currently sits on the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Selection Committee for the Black Film Festival of the Newark Museum, the Board of Directors, Newark Performing Arts Corporation at Symphony Hall and is an Advisor to the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers University in Brooklyn, NY. He is married to the novelist, Valerie Wilson Wesley.

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