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        Sunday, May 29, 2005, at 7:30 p.m., African-American Collective Theater, (ACT), presented a special, benefit reading of "BrotherHOODS", written and directed by ACT founding director, Alan Sharpe. The evening marked the sixth year in a row, and eighth time since 1992, that ACT has mounted a performance during the Memorial Day holiday in observance of "Black Lesbian and Gay Pride Weekend", an annual Washington, D.C. event celebrating itís 15th anniversary this year.

        "BrotherHOODS" examines the aftermath of homophobic violence on a respected Black college campus; an attack that threatens both the academic and personal lives of a young, gay, professor and the endangered freshman victim that he attempts to protect.

        Monte J. Wolfe and David Richardson headed a cast that featured Eric Nicholson, Marlon Anthony Russ and Brock "G." McClung.

(Click for the Cast)

Following readings in Atlanta and New York last fall, the script was a finalist for the D.C. Commssion on the Arts and Humanities 2005 Larry Neal Award for adult dramatic writing, presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

        Previously held downtown in the District, ACT relocated the 2005 performance to the new Round House Theatre, located at 8641 Colesville Road, two blocks north of the Silver Spring METRO station on the red line in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


        The event was a ACT fundraiser, with proceeds going to help finance ACTís appearance at Juneteenth Legacy Theatre "2005 Jamboree Festival of New Plays," sponsored by the Actorsí Theatre of Louisville.


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