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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Share Your Theater Story 2019: Crystal Rhodes

The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin performers (left to right) :  
Jemier Jenkins, Shelby Ronae, T.R. Butler, Fanni Green (Director), 
India Davison, Tah-Janay Hayes, and Francis Phimphivong

Thanks to Crystal Rhodes for sharing her theater story.

Crystal Rhodes
For me, NYCPlaywrights.org has been the most important resource I have found regarding festival submissions.  I discovered this site a little more than a year ago and since that time I have been fortunate to have won two play festivals for my latest works.   
My Two Act play, The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin, which tells the story of an African American family that hides a Japanese American escapee from a WWII internment camp, won the 2019 American Stage Theatre 21st Century New Voices Play Festival. The play enjoyed a successful stage reading in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2019.
Recently, I was notified that my One Act play, 1200 Miles from Jerome, was selected as one of the winners of the Annual Women Playwrights Initiative for 2020, sponsored by the Ivoryton Playhouse.  1200 Miles from Jerome is the story of two very different black women who take a treacherous drive from the south to the north in the 1940s.  The play will receive a staged reading in Ivoryton, Connecticut in February 2020.  
I really appreciate this site for its support for playwrights.  I doubt if my work would have received the attention it has if not for NYCPlaywrights.org.  

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