Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Billie Holiday Theatre: 50in50 Deadline is extended! Submit your Story. Be Read by Renowned Cast and more!

50in50: Letters To Our Sons
Call for Stories
Extended Deadline Fri, Feb 21 11:59pm est

The Billie Holiday Theatre announces its annual global call for stories - 50in50: Letters to Our Sons. For the fourth year, MacArthur "Genius" Dominque Morisseau's curatorial statement calls women from all walks of life to share their stories. A diverse group of 50 stories will be selected to be read by a renowned collective of women actors in Brooklyn, New York followed by the West Coast premiere at the dynamic and newly-created WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles, California. Readings will take place in March 2020.

Dominique Morisseau asks: "If sons are not just born of our loins, but also born of our collective energies, then what do we want to say to our sons? This legion of men who will grow up in a post #metoo, post #blacklivesmatter, post #timesup era? When we have been the defenders of men whose un-muted music continues to defile our sacred bodies? When we know these sons are also growing up in a world with our daughters, who do we want them to become? What wish, what lesson, what truth do we want them to know that could turn their course? Create a future of warriors, gentle giants, gracious, kind, loving, life-sustaining men? What do we want them to know about us and about themselves? And if we could create a map for their survival, what would be the route?"
50in50: Letters To Our Sons
Curatorial Statement by Dominique Morisseau
Directed By Indira Etwaroo
Two Days 3 Performances | Sat, Mar 14 3pm and 7pm | Sun, Mar 15 3pm

“50in50 has become increasingly meaningful as Black women continue ‘to define and seek a world’ in the words of Audre Lorde, ‘in which we can all flourish.'" - Dr. Indira Etwaroo

Our Voices Matter
"These women gave me life! The energy was so fierce, I did not want to leave th room. 50in50 is a Colored Girls for
the 21st Century."
"50in50 at The Billie Holiday - 50 power African-American female playwrights witnessed the performance of a life time."
"The writing, acting and music were top notch."
50in50: Letters to Our Sons is the fourth annual installment of what’s become a highly anticipated, and sold-out, theatrical reading event.  This year, a new group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” It’s an evening sure to be filled with emotion, unique points-of-view, and love. 

LOCATION: Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The 2019 - 2020 season folds the community into world-class artistic experiences in the heart of Bed-stuy. The Billie Holiday Theatre was founded in 1972 by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation whose partnership provides a vital platform for the sustainability of world-class arts and culture.

Lead support for the 2019 - 2020 season provided by the Ford Foundation, New York Community Trust, and Howard Gilman Foundation. The J. L. Greene Art Access Fund in The New York Community Trust has partnered with The Billie Holiday Theatre to bring the performing arts to underrepresented audiences throughout New York. Our ability to tell stories that matter in the epicenter of the largest community of people of African descent in the nation is made possible with support from our partners: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Con Edison. Additional support provided by The Fund for the City of New York, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Srinija Srinivasan Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and John Golden Fund.  

The Billie Holiday Theatre, Inc. is a proud member of the Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC). The 2019 - 2020 Season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with the support of Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York with the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President with the support of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, New York City Council (District 36) with the support of Councilmember Robert E. Cornegy, Majority Council, Majority Leader Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, and the support of Assemblymember Tremaine Wright.
The Billie Holiday Theatre Restoration Plaza1368 Fulton StreetBrooklyn, NY 11216

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