ACT observes Black Gay and Lesbian
pride day with readings of two new one-act plays in
May 2003 --
Collective Theater, (ACT), unveiled two, new, one-act
plays Memorial Day weekend, in observance of Washington’s
annual BLGBT Pride celebration.
In what has become a
tradition in recent years, ACT presented "sneak peeks" at a pair of
works-in-progress, by Director Alan Sharpe, that examined the lives
of black gays and lesbians in contemporary Washington, D.C.
The violent, homophobic
attack on a gay youth by other students at a "Historically Black
College" triggered the action in "Brotherhoods". Repercussions from this
traumatic incident affect students, faculty and ultimately the
larger community, in a drama that featured Eric Nicholson, David
Richardson, Marlon Russ and Monte Wolfe.
In "Storm Signals," Dawn Douglas, Thembi Duncan
and Tanya Upshur portrayed twenty-something lesbians, who’ve spent
their summer as a law firm intern, jewelry vendor and a bike
messenger, respectively, in order to raise money for their upcoming
semester at Howard University. Complications ensued when a
disturbing revelation disrupted plans that two of the women had made
to live together.
playwright/director Sharpe, both plays " . . . address a central
mission of African-American Collective Theater, to illuminate the
lives of contemporary black gays and lesbians, while providing
balanced portrayals to counteract the negative images and
unfortunate stereotypes prevalent in American art and
"Storm Signals" was presented twice at 6 and 7:00
p.m. on Sunday, May 25th. Two performances of
"Brotherhoods" followed immediately, at 8 and 9:00
Next Door theater
space is located at 1017 Seventh Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.,
directly across the street from Sunday’s Black Pride Festival at the
new Washington Convention Center and only two blocks from the
Washington Renaissance, host hotel for 2003 Pride activities.