Contact: Matt Polk / Jessica Johnson
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
In association with BLACK THEATRE UNITED
THE REFOCUS PROJECT
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
MAY 21: WINE IN THE WILDERNESS (1969)
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.