The Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) is excited to announce its Affiliated Playwrights: Erica Silberman, Ahrum Claiborne, and Brittany Barker. Each of these playwrights will be making artistic contributions to our company this season and beyond:
Ms. Erica Silberman's IN THE NIGHT EVERYONE IS EQUAL will be part of the DQT New Voices Double Play Project, which will have its premiere at the new A.R.T./New York Theatres, for their 2017-18 inaugural season.
Ahrum Claiborne's solo piece, SEOUL FOR SALE, will undergo our development process in preparation for WOMENSWORK: A SOLO FESTIVAL, a forthcoming DQT project.
I'm excited to be enveloped in a community of writers whom I can learn from and create with, and to use the expertise of that community to make the intentionality of my art transferable to those who engage with it.
I accepted the invitation to be an Affiliated Playwright of the Dramatic Question Theatre mainly because of its prioritization of providing access to those whose experiences are seldom discussed.
DQT's function as a creatively, informative access point does double the work; it highlights non-mainstream quotidian life, and provides a platform for it.
For WOMENSWORK, DQT will also be developing the second installment of Brittany Barker's BLACKGIRL THIRDSPACE series.
Through DQT's guidance and mentorship, I look forward to discovering, failing, redirecting and succeeding with a purpose to transform and harness my writing skills. I am also interested in learning the business aspect of the theater industry and to be guided by DQT members.
This invitation came in a perfect time of my writing career. With the help of DQT, I am learning to listen and take in criticism as a writer! I am excited to be collaborating with other writers to discuss ideas, share opinions and receive guidelines from the seasonal playwrights.
All three affiliated playwrights will contribute comedic sketches and monologues to this December's FIRST ANNUAL JEWISH CHRISTMAS PAGEANT.
DQT has been selected to be one of just twenty-one non-profit companies to inaugurate A.R.T./New York Theatres in the 2017-18 Season.
From the press release:
NEW YORK (Tuesday, September 6, 2016) - The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (Executive Director, Virginia P. Louloudes), New York City’s leading service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theatre, today announced that in late November 2016 it will open the A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES, two affordable, state-of-the-art performance spaces located at 502 West 53rd Street – designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori – along with its selection of 21 nonprofit companies for the inaugural 2017-18 season: Amas Musical Theatre, Broken Box Mime Theater, Buran Theatre, The Civilians, Dramatic Question Theatre, Houses on the Moon Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Movement Theatre Company, NAATCO, New Georges, New York City Children's Theater, New York Neo-Futurists, One Year Lease Theater Company, Pioneers Go East Collective, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Play Company, Project Y Theatre Company, Prospect Theater Company, Target Margin Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and Transport Group Theatre Company.
Winner: NYMF 2015 Special Award for Social Relevance And Impact
Nominated for Best Musical
Shakina Nayfack - Statue of Liberty - Winner Outstanding Individual Performance
DQT Playwright Noemi de la Puente, in collaboration with composer David Davila, and the company of "Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty" have won the 2015 NYMF Special Award for Social Relevance and Impact!
The musical comedy about illegal immigration received glowing reviews, played to sold out houses, and extended at NYMF this past July. De la Puente and Davila are now in the planning phases of the next incarnation of this NYMF hit, and we'll keep you posted.
You can learn more at the show's website: www.ManuelvsTheStatueofLiberty.com, and you can trace the journey of the rehearsal process on the show's Facebook page: Facebook.com/ManuelvsStatue.
If you tweet: @ManuelvsStatue.