I am embarking on a new adventure and I’m seeking your help. I am curating the first ever Afro-Atlantic Playwrights’ Festival, a festival of new works by African and African-American playwrights at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis July 12-14. A collaboration of the Camargo Foundation, The Playwrights’ Center and Carlyle Brown & Company, the festival will feature workshops, staged readings and a panel discussion on theater and Afro-Atlantic culture. The work of the three featured writers, Haitian-American playwright France-Luce Benson and Nigerians Zainabu Jallo and Femi Osofisan use their considerable talents to explore the connections and intersections of Afro-Atlantic cultural surrounding the Atlantic Basin from Lagos and Accra to Bahia in Brazil, Trinidad, London, Toronto, Brooklyn, as a reservoir for new narratives and expansive ways of telling stories. To my mind their plays are an expression of what Afro-Atlantic culture is. We want to share this notion and these playwrights and their plays with the world. It will be an extraordinary experience.
We are only $7,500 short of meeting the final festival budget goals with the lion’s share going to artists. Please give as generously as you can.
With many thanks,