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Finalists of the fifth annual
Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Award
on the African American Experience


Winner - Playwright: A-lan Holt

8Ball


An explosive, dramatic probe on the world of five individuals caught in Los Angeles during the pain of a 1980's crack epidemic. Lives rise and fall in a searing urban mural of hope and decay.

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.

 

Biography

An artist through and through, A-lan Holt is a poet of texture. Many of her friends in Northern California would say, "You could go from art gallery to playhouse to coffee shop all in one day and see A-lan's work unfold." She is a playwright who has studied with Cherrie Moraga, Amy Freed, and Djanet Sears. Her plays, including The Sweetest Gift, Beyond My Circle (co-written), and most recently 8Ball, have been performed in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Kampala, Uganda. This June, A-lan graduates from Stanford University.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with A-lan Holt.

Staged Reading: Saturday, April 23rd 2010 @ 10:30a.m.
This is a FREE event. To order complimentary seats, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Honorable Mention - Playwright: Tylar- Nicole Pendgraft-Clabby

Take Up Your Cross


Based on Langston Hughes's poem Cross, Take Up Your Cross depicts a young female of African American and white descent who occupies her father's home and is confronted by ghosts of her African American family.

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This festival is made possible by a generous donation from Ken & Ginger Baldwin

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