3RD ANNUAL BIPOC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Boise Contemporary Theater
Boise Contemporary Theater presents the 3rd annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival, founded in 2021 with assistance from the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, which seeks to champion emerging and mid-career playwrights by connecting exceptional works with professional actors, directors, and technicians.
The festival gives playwrights of color the chance to workshop their script during the week with a director and full cast. Hearing their words read out loud by professional actors provides valuable feedback. The festival culminates in two nights of staged readings. This experience helps inform their work, building the careers of playwrights of color, so they can keep telling their stories.
Additional Ticket Information
- All seats are general admission.
- Everyone through the door, regardless of age, needs a ticket.
- Guests who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.
*The BIPOC Playwright's Festival kicks off on August 23rd at 7 p.m. in the SPEC with a Playwrights Panel. This event is free to attend.
Bridging the Gap by LaDarrion Williams
When a White content creator steals the content of Black creatives, three friends from small-town Alabaster, Alabama, fight for their place on an app that constantly erases them. But when a famous filmmaker decides to document their journey, the trio’s bond has to survive jealousy and down-home secrets before the spotlight costs them their friendship.
LaDarrion Williams is a Los Angeles based-playwright, filmmaker, author, and screenwriter whose goal is to cultivate a new era of Black fantasy, providing space and agency for Black characters and stories in a new, fresh, and fantastical way.
From his first-place win for his first play, Katrina, at the Alabama State Thespian Conference, to his viral, award-winning short film Blood at the Root, currently on YouTube and Amazon Prime, LaDarrion Williams is a multihyphenate set to add published author to his resume next summer!
SOURCE: New Play Exchange ®
The Life You Gave Me by Novid Parsi
A son tries to save his mother. She has other ideas, however. So do two mysterious strangers who watch the play- and ask the son to tell the story again and again until he gets it right, whatever right might be.
Novid Parsi’s recent plays include The Life You Gave Me, developed by the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival; Remains and Returns, a winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival; and Through the Elevated Line, Jeff Award nominee for best new work. Novid’s plays have been produced or developed by Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), The New Group (New York), Paines Plough (London), Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco), Queens Theatre (New York), and Silk Road Rising (Chicago), among others. A two-time finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Novid also has been a finalist for Amphibian Stage’s SparkFest, Broad Horizons Theatre Company’s New Voices, New Plays, and Constellation Stage & Screen’s Woodward/Newman Award, and a semifinalist for Landing Theatre Company’s New American Voices Playwriting Festival and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
SOURCE: New Play Exchange ®
Break It Down by Herb Newsome
*One-Man Show on Saturday, August 26th ONLY*
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, BCT brings you a one-person show telling the story of the early days of hip-hop through a live performance of the four elements. DJing, MCing, B-Boying, and Graffiti Art! Explore the history behind the music set in the Bronx during a time when urban decay and gang culture inspired people to create their own expression. Playing ten characters using music, dance, video, graffiti, and rhyming, you will be taken on a journey to the past to discover how each element came into existence.