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In association with BLACK THEATRE UNITED



Roundabout Theatre Company presents The Refocus Project, a multi-year project to elevate and restore marginalized plays to the American canon. The first series of Refocus play readings, presented in association with Black Theatre United, will spotlight twentieth-century Black plays and their playwrights: Angelina Weld Grimké, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Childress and Samm-Art Williams. 


The play series is free of charge.  All suggested donations will directly support Black Theatre United.

The second year of The Refocus Project will feature Latinx playwrights. 


APRIL 30:  HOME (1979)

By Samm-Art Williams

Starring Rob Demery, Joaquina Kalukango, Brittany Inge, and Christina Sajous

Directed by Kenny Leon


MAY 4:  RACHEL (1916)

By Angelina Weld Grimké

Directed by Miranda Hayman


MAY 7:  I GOTTA HOME (1939)

By Shirley Graham Du Bois

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

MAY 14:  SPUNK (1935)

By Zora Neale Hurston

Directed by Lili-Anne Brown



By Alice Childress

Directed by Dominique Rider

The play selection committee for The Refocus Project’s first year includes Jill Rafson, Associate Artistic Director; Kenny Leon, Senior Resident Director; Anna Morton, Literary Manager; Miranda Haymon, Resident Director; Dave Harris, Tow Playwright-in-Residence; Nicole Tingir, Senior Producer, Artistic Development, with help from artist recommendations and the Roundabout volunteer script readers.

The Refocus Project will also feature a robust selection of materials, available to industry professionals and the public, including an online resource library, community and education events, and a “Literary Ancestry” essay series curated by Dave Harris (Roundabout’s Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence) currently available online.


Audiences can access The Refocus Project here. 


Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.  Additional support is provided by Bank of America.