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

Winner - Playwright: Roxie Perkins


Set inside a broken urban home with fine painterly strokes, Run tells the story of Krystal, a teenage girl with metal in her spine who lives with her older brother and a delinquent, addicted mother. Krystal meets a compelling soldier named Juan who transforms her life despite her painful realizations about her family’s lies.

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.


Roxie Perkins is a graduating senior studying Playwriting and Directing at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. A native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Perkins got her start in theatre by writing and directing her own plays as part of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Teen One Act Festival. Perkins continues to write and direct her own work, including this past summer taking a touring production of her play I’m Alive You Bastards and I Always Will Be to CalArts as a Visiting Artist. She is thrilled to take part in this award.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with Roxie Perkins.

Staged Reading: Saturday, April 28th 2012 @ 10:30a.m.
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Honorable Mention - Playwright: Korde Arrington Tuttle

The Chair, The Dance

The Chair, The Dance celebrates Samuel, home from his first college semester in North Carolina, as he visits the black barbershop where he once worked and the open mic nights at the local coffee shop. Underlying themes of identity, gay life, family and theatrical performance enhance the vortex of this candid, kaleidoscopic narrative.

Click here to read an excerpt from the script.


Korde Arrington Tuttle is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studies Dramatic Art and Communication Studies. He hails from Charlotte, NC and is the proud eldest brother of six brilliant siblings. His interests include spoken word performance, diversity programming, and initiatives towards education reform. He believes that personal narrative is one of the most powerful tools humans possess.


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