The Fire This Time 10-Minute Play Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Horse Trade Theatre Group
East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003 USA
Phone: +01 212-777-6088

Festival Description

The African American experience is not represented solely by one voice or one style. For the third year in a row Horse Trade Theater Group will present The Fire This Time Festival, providing a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African-American descent to explore new voices, styles, and challenging new directions for 21st century performing arts in order to move beyond common misconceptions of what’s possible in “black theater.” The festival’s core production is a short play festival, presenting new work by featured playwrights. Other festival programming includes panel discussions, staged readings, and concert events.

Festival Dates January 20 - February 3, 2014
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Festival Story:

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL was founded in 2009 by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists. To date, The Fire This Time Festival has produced new work by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop on Broadway), Radha Blank (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Kelley Girod (2011 Person of the Year), Deborah Asimwee, Derek Lee McPhatter (New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Playwright’s of Color Fellowship finalist), Germono Toussaint ((L)imitations at the Lark Play Development Center), Pia Wilson (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), Jesse Cameron Alick (LaMaMa-Loped), Camille Darby (2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center), Christine Jean Chambers, Marcus Gardley (2011 PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright), Dominique Morisseau (The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group), and Yusef Miller (Made at Horse Trade).

The first season of the festival brought together over thirty collaborative performers, directors, and other collaborators to create an amazing evening of short one-act plays. Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group over a five- show run in February 2010, the first season of the festival sold out every presentation. Exploring themes from euthanasia, hero-worship, intergenerational conflict, and more, the inaugural season of The Fire This Time Festival presented a dynamic theatrical experience.

Following the success of the first year, The Fire This Time Festival has continued to grow, with input from participating playwrights and other collaborators. The festival has evolved into an annual January event, expanding upon its core short play presentations to offer panel discussions, staged readings, and other programs. With ongoing momentum, The Fire This Time Festival has quickly become a destination for diverse audiences, producers, and artists seeking new possibilities and opportunities in contemporary theater.


Festival Events:

Plays 2014:
  • 10-Minute Play Festival Saturday 1/25 @ 8:00pm, Sunday 1/26 @ 8:00pm, Monday 1/27 @ 8pm, Saturday 2/1 @ 8:00pm, Sunday 2/2 @ 8:00pm & Monday 2/3 @ 8:00pm
  • Disunion
    Written by Judy Tate
    Directed by Melissa Maxwell
    • Dr. Turner leads the most respected non-profit agency around, and now he’s going to run for Senate, but when his most loyal employee shows up to the party, his ambitions hit a snag.
  • The Weatherin’
    Written by Jonathan Payne
    Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
    • “History’s a ghost. We just choose to forget. It’ll remind ya, though. One time to another, my time to your time…Forty years ago it was…Night I cross that river…somebody died…”
  • Gravity
    Written by Josh Wilder
    Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
    • Two men/made of clay/ discover their wings.
  • Dream Awake
    Written by Erika Rose
    Directed by Michole Biancosino
    • New mother, Sasha, estranged from her childhood church, confronts her dreams, nightmares and herself.
  • In Communion
    Written by Lori Elizabeth Parquet
    Director TBA
    • A couple in love faces a new year’s “revelation” and must redefine their relationship as a result.
  • Slow Gin Fits
    Written by Angelica Chéri
    Directed by Cezar Williams
    • In a spirited game of gin rummy, Harold and Dinah discover they are both in need of a little more than a card game and small talk to pass the time and kill the pain. Wonder what a little liquid courage can do?


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Practical Info:

  • The Red Room
    85 East 4th Street, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10003
  • Located in the East Village on the north side of East 4th Street, between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue.


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