Thursday, October 6 2022

The Fulton Theater announces the plays selected for its second Fulton Festival of New Works: A Celebration of New Voices and Stories of Diversity. Readings from four shows will be presented on the main stage of the Fulton Theater on August 19 and 20, 2022.

The festival begins Friday evening with the presentation of a new work: Chandler HubbardThe Children of the Empire. Hubbard’s piece was submitted as part of the inaugural festival (2021) but was unable to premiere at that time. The festival continues Saturday with three plays that celebrate perspectives from across the diversity spectrum, including the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and religious and economic diversity. The 2022 Diversity Stories finalists are: John Mabeyfrom A Complicated Hope, Mi Abuela by Christine Stoddard; Queen of Nightmares and Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s World Classic.

Saturday’s order of presentation will be announced Friday evening. Saturday readings will take place at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A lunch break will take place between the first and second reading. Concessions will be open and seating will be provided for customers wishing to bring their lunch. Event tickets are free for the community, but registration is required.

The registration link for Friday evening August 19 can be found here: https://tickets.thefulton.org/50394/childrenoftheempire.

The registration link for Saturday August 20 can be found here: https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2190696®id=194&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Ftickets.thefulton.org%2F50394%2Fnewworks?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1.

With more than 70 submissions from playwrights across the country, Saturday’s finalists were carefully vetted by the selection committee comprised of 30 Fulton Theater staff, board, community and inclusion stakeholders, of Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee members. The selection committee read the submissions in three qualifying rounds to determine the three finalists. During the festival, a panel of judges will evaluate each performance and select the winner. The judges for the festival will be Barry Kornhauser, Whitney Lupton, Marie Cleaves Rothacker and Sobeida Rosa. The master of ceremonies will be William C. Broaddus, chairman of the Fulton Theater IDEA committee. Saturday’s festivities will feature JP McCaskey student Sonii Bora performing an original spoken word piece. Each reading will also include a scheduled discussion with patrons, guest artists and the playwright led by the following moderators: Starleisha Gingrich, Ian Sanchez-Herasme, Florence Taylorand Johana Reynoso.

The festival winner (selected from the readings on Saturday August 20) will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have their work produced by the Fulton Theater in an upcoming season as part of the Ellen Arnold Groff Studio series at the Tell Studio . Theater.

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