The Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) was founded in July of 2009 by a diverse group of emerging and mid-career playwrights dedicated to developing and presenting their work to inner-city communities; and, in doing so, cultivating a robust Latino and African-American base audience to support each member-playwright’s work.
The DQT presented THE WORD MENAGERIE: AN EVENING OF MONOLOGUES at the Theatre for the New City (TNC), in the summer of 2009, and sold out the one-night-only event. That autumn, our company authored piece, THE BALLAD OF HIM AND HER, played to a sold out house, once again, at the Theatre for the New City. Our mutually beneficial relationship with TNC led to the Dramatic Question Theatre being in-residence at the Theatre for the New City for the 2010-11 season.
In 2010, we premiered member-playwright Fred Crecca’s RYE 'N GINGER and launched what would be one of our most popular projects, THE BAR PLAY SERIES, an on-going series of one-act plays set and performed in NYC bars. Some of the other plays in this series include member-playwright Allen Davis’ OASIS and member-playwright Noemi de la Puente’s MAKER'S MARK.
In June of 2010, we co-produced a developmental production series with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company that included FIREHOUSE by member-playwright Pedro Antonio Garcia and CODA (FOR FREDDIE BLUE) by Fred Crecca. FIREHOUSE would later become our first main-stage presentation when we co-produced it with the WhiteFire Theatre of Sherman Oaks, California. The run was extended twice and received rave reviews.
A month later, in July of 2010, the Dramatic Question Theatre presented THE FIRST ANNUAL ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL at the Huron Club of the SoHo Playhouse. Amongst the plays premiered at the festival were member-playwright Maria Elena Torres' WALLENBERG and Pedro Antonio Garcia's KOR-VETS.
A highlight of the early months of 2011 was the Playwrights/ Directors Lab (PD/L) at the Theatre for the New City. The PD/L was a weekly, six month long new play development initiative that encouraged along the growth of 8 new plays including THE MALTINSKY CYCLE: PLAY ONE by Maria Elena Torres; BILL (A RAKE'S TALE) by Fred Crecca; MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Noemi de la Puente; and, GHETTO BABYLON by member-playwright Michael Mejias. The Playwrights/ Directors Lab set up the DQT's 2011-12 season.
The Dramatic Question Theatre was in-residence at the SoHo Playhouse in the 2011-12 season and presented a series of developmental productions there including GHETTO BABYLON; BILL (A RAKE'S TALE); and THE MALTINSKY CYCLE: PLAY ONE. These presentations created the momentum requisite to growing DQT's base audience, as well as its Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
The DQT continued to successfully present developmental productions in the 2012-13 season including Anna Capunay's COWL GIRL; Elizabeth Irwin's YEAH GIRL, WHATEVER; THE BAR PLAY QUINTET by Allen Davis; and THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by Noemi de la Puente. These presentations allowed the Dramatic Question Theatre to do aggressive outreach in inner-city communities by establishing its FREE TICKETS PROGRAM. Blocks of tickets were given away to participating non-profits including Harlem RBI and Girls Write Now.
DQT's 2013-14 season included a showcase production of GHETTO BABYLON presented in partnership with the 59E59 Theaters. The play sold out its16 performance run and received rave notices. The company also participated in NoPassport's 30/ 30 Festival, a nation-wide initiative to raise the visibility of Latino plays and playwrights and presented Cynthia DeClure's MISS QUINCE, Elaine Romero's WETBACK, and Anne Maria Garcia's PROVENANCE. DQT also sponsored Noemi de la Puente's developmental reading of MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In 2014-15, the Dramatic Question Theatre has focused on PLAYWRITING-IN-PUBLIC SCHOOLS , an ongoing program that takes the member-playwrights to high schools and colleges across the 5 boroughs. So far, the DQT has visited Renaissance High School in the Bronx, Borough Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, and the Young Writer's Roundtable of Staten Island. In June, WAITING FOR LUCY, by Michael Mejias, will be presented at a reading at the Newark School for the Arts. Additionally, this summer, the DQT will once again sponsor Noemi de la Puente's MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, this time, as a developmental production.
As we move forward, the members of DQT are excited to continue these programs, promoting the creative voices of playwrights of color; of youth; of experience. We will be expanding our educational outreach, our reading and presentation series, and bringing all these diverse voices to a receptive audience. Join us – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and this website, and we’ll keep you in touch with all our latest news, programs and invitations. Thank you all, from DQT!