This in-house page is created for artists and producers involved with the Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! production at the Schomburg in Harlem on Saturday, May 19, 2018. If you are looking for tickets please visit the Schomburg's website @ https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/schomburg
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALCOLM & LORRAINE!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | 515 Malcolm X Blvd Harlem, NY 10037
In commemoration of Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry’s shared birthday, Changing Perceptions Theater presents Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! New generation Black playwrights interpreted portions of speeches, interviews and letters by Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry into short scenes to create Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! Following the 70-minute-show, there will be birthday cake and dancing to fully complete the celebration of these two great revolutionaries who share the same birthdate.
Nina Angela Mercer
GUIDELINES 4 WRITERS
- Script must relate to the theme and message from chosen Malcolm X or Lorraine Hansberry segment.
- 7-10 minutes/ pages. MAXIMUM.
- 3 Characters MAXIMUM.
- Solo Pieces are fine and writers who want to perform a solo piece are welcomed.
- We appreciate words from speeches being in the dialogue of the script but that is not mandatory this year.
- We appreciate staying away from cliched critiques, #BlackLivesMatter or any social media popular movements and really focusing on Black people we know, love and can relate to. We can’t have 6 plays dealing with a cop shooting, although it would’t be so out of the ordinary in these days and times.
- Interpret the theme and message in the segment into a short scene/play that fits the script guidelines and the stage and tech guidelines of the project.
- Submit first draft by due date along with a blurb explaining how your script relates to the theme and message from your chosen segment.
- Make any needed revisions and submit Green Light/Final Draft within the next 3 days.
STAGE & TECH GUIDELINES
- No Set.
- Chairs and Tables are fine.
- Props are fine.
- Light cues should NOT be integral to the meaning of your play.
- Lights should not be a character in your play.
- Focus on dialogue and what actors can do to tell your story.
- There can be a still projection that is shown throughout your play.
- Anyone familiar with the Schomburg’s main stage knows that the stage and lights are quite substantial, but please expect a wash and a background color. No specials, spots, etc.
Monday, April 23: First Drafts and blurb explaining how script relates to the theme and message from chosen segment due
Tuesday, April 24 — Friday, April 27: Talk over first draft with producer, director and dramaturge. Revisions if needed.
Saturday, April 28: Green Light/Final Drafts due to give to actors
Saturday, April 28 - Friday May 18: Rehearsal Process
TBD: Tech Rehearsal
TBD: Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, May 19: Performance
By June 19: Stipends mailed and received.