2022 Downtown Urban Arts Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up | Playbill

Off-Broadway News 2022 Downtown Urban Arts Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

The festival, which has previously presented new works by Dominique Morisseau, Martyna Majok, and more, will take the stage at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row.

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Downtown Urban Arts Festival will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at Theatre Row with a series of new works June 1–25, including four full-length plays and 12 one acts in addition to an extended engagement of James Earl Hardy’s B-Boy Blues The Play.

Based on Hardy's novel series telling a gay hip-hop love story, B-Boy Blues The Play will be directed by Stanley Bennett Clay and is set to run June 3–25.

The line-up also includes Phantasmagoria by Alethea Harnish June 8, which follows a young woman as she forsakes home, family, and faith during a university-sanctioned quarantine; Alano P. Baez's Soul Survivor June 15, a play about a imprisoned man contemplating his life, Sam Cooke, and the history of Black oppression in America while awaiting execution; For Colored Boyz on the verge of a nervous breakdown/ when freedom aint enuff by Bryan-Keyth Wilson June 18, exploring a Black man's perspective; and The Pride by Joy June 25, which looks in on the Baker family and their home where God is first and women are kings.

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One acts announced for the first half of the festival include Marcus Harmon's 20th Anniversary, about two firefighters 20 years after 9/11, and Cris Eli Blak's The Hard Knock Lyfe, about a rapper diagnosed with AIDS, to be presented June 1; Socky Tells All by Rollin Jewett, following young mental institution patient Andy, and The Palmist by Sheila Duane, which asks if fortune tellers can see the dark corners of a person's mind, set for June 2; and Marcus Scott's Forever and a Day, following a young boy genius trying to combat violence against young Black people, and Jennifer Cendana Armas' The Love Not Together, following the struggle to make love work, to be performed June 9. 

Following in the second half of the month, one act performances will include Run by Elle, a contemporary opera about a woman awakening post-revelation, and Adulting by Amira Mustapha, which follows 30-something Muslim Miriam and her friend Liz through the process of coping, both presented June 16; Zoe Howard's Midnight Mirage, featuring two strangers connecting on a subway platform as time warps around them, and Christin Eve Cato's The Good Cop, which presents civil rights journalist Anita's journey to break the blue wall of silence, presented June 22; and A Shot Rang Out by Michael Hagins, about a white police officer trapped during a protest with a scared Black teen and a disgruntled schoolteacher, and Stoop by Isa Guzman, a play about generational differences and coming out as Transgender within a predominantly Latino community, presented June 23.

In its two-decade history, DUAF has presented nearly 300 new plays by over 200 emerging and established playwrights including Dominique Morisseau, Martyna Majok, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Carl Hancock Rux, Craig MuMs Grant, and Ming Peiffer.

Tickets and information are available at duafnyc.com.

 
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