The Second Century
New Brooklyn Theatre completes its season of the past, present, and future of plays by African-American women with The Second Century, a monthly reading series of new plays by emerging and mid-career playwrights. Each writer has a bold vision and unique voice, and her play will serve as an agent of civic dialogue in the Brooklyn community. In 2015, the company produced Angelina Weld Grimké's 1916 play Rachel, the first play ever staged by an African-American woman, and the NYC premiere of Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas. With The Second Century, New Brooklyn Theatre celebrates both Rachel's centennial and new work by five women playwrights to watch for the future. There's a generation of rising black women playwrights out there. We want to help develop their plays.
The Second Century is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The Second Century begins with Wi-Moto Nyoka's Sleep Over Stories, directed by Courtney Harge.
Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.
The Akwaaba Mansion
347 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11233
Sleep Over Stories by Wi-Moto Nyoka
On Sunday, February 28 we will launch the series with Wi-Moto Nyoka's Sleep Over Stories, a set of short plays which explore second-class citizenship set in alternate realities involving werewolves, aliens, ghosts, and zombies.
WI-MOTO NYOKA is a performer and playwright. Awards and honors include: artist in residence for Tanzhaus NRW Interdisciplinary Works; Puffin Foundation grant; the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival 2014 selected librettist for her project Hero How To; and Indie Boots Theater Festival Finalist & Audience Award Honorable Mention, 2015. She is currently attending Brooklyn College's MFA program for Performance and Interactive Media Arts.
COURTNEY HARGE (Director) is a producer, director, and professional arts administrator originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, a theatre company based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has directed with SoYouSay, the Red Harlem Readers, JACK, and New Brooklyn Theatre. She has worked as an administrator and producer for Extant Arts, the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, Theater for the New City, the Public Theater, Gibney Dance, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and, currently, Fractured Atlas with a focus on institutional fundraising, crowdfunding, and fiscal sponsorship. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors from the University of Michigan in Theatre Performance. Her credo (#HustlingKeepsYouSexy) is not merely a hashtag; it’s a way of life.
NINA YVETTE COLEMAN is a Chicago native. She attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the New York Film Academy. Her recent theatre credits include her portrayal of Nelly in Echoes of Octavia, and Mona in La Gioconda. She was recently cast as Shelby in the web series Works in Progress, currently streaming on Vimeo. When Nina isn’t acting, she enjoys belly dancing, photography, volunteering, and whipping up some homemade deliciousness for her two golden doodles, Buddy and Jackson.
SAMANTHA LEVITT is an actor and founding member of New Brooklyn Theatre, where she currently serves as the Literary Manager. Recent stage credits include: (Off-Broadway) Queen Marie-Therese in Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas at the Irondale Center, Judy in Darfur Compromised at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and Mrs. Gaines in New Brooklyn Theatre's reading of The Escape. Recent film credits include: Chorus in Julie Bena's Have You Seen Pantopon Rose? produced by the ISCP, Danielle in Caj Thommason's Blue Gold, Mrs. Toothe in a film adaptation of Edward Albee's Everything in the Garden, and Veronica Vreeland in Chris Clark's Penguin: Bird of Prey. She is currently shooting a film adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Night & Day with Golden Cinema Productions in which she plays Ruth. Samantha has worked at many venues including: the Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, McCarter Theatre, the Lark Play Development Center, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the 45th Street Theater, Primary Stages, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Irondale Center. BFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Experimental Theatre Wing). Graduate of the two-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio with Terry Knickerbocker.
MICHAEL COPPOLA is a founding member of the New York-based theatre company Ruddy Productions. He is very excited to be working with New Brooklyn Theatre for the first time. Michael's recent theatre credits include: (Off-Broadway) Morgan in Ben Holbrook's Sinners on a Southbound Bus, Jimmy Provatti, in Van Fisher's Code of Silence, Austin in Annie R. Such's Come and Take It, which won best play at the 2014 Nu10 Theatre Festival. (Regional) Lou Tanner in Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady, and Richard Hannay in Patrick Barlow's The 39-Steps.
KEITH L. WATFORD's recent credits include: Yes is for a Very Young Man (Target Margin Theatre). Regional: Twelfth Night (Elm Shakespeare Company). Other favorite credits include The School for Wives (Horace), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Spring Awakening (Melchior) and RENT (Benny). He holds two BA’s from University of New Haven and is a proud alumnus of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Institute.
DOUGLAS EVERETT DAVIS recently played turn-of-the-century frontiersman Frank Reid on Blood Feuds (AHC), clueless suburban sugar-daddy Reynold in Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and most recently hero lawyer Jake Brigance in the Arena Stage version of A Time To Kill, based on John Grisham’s novel. Last summer he played a drug addict in Carl Ford’s HARD END, directed by Susan Batson. He’s been in numerous national commercials, including Campbell’s Soup, LensCrafters, UPMC Healthcare. He writes his own Standup Comedy and is currently at work on a one-man show, a comedic romp through the mistakes that happen via Mother Nature's profound urge to duplicate itself.
WHITNEY ANDREWS is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received her BFA in Acting. She is now living and making it in New York!
DE'MARCUS JOSEPH was born in Houston, Texas as the second oldest of six children. He says that acting affords him the ability to creatively express the ills and wonders of this world in a manner that leads to a healthy dialogue about various social issues. He's hopeful that the dialogue will create understanding, and that understanding will lead to respect, empathy, and compassion for one another. Exploring, challenging, and embracing the humanity in his characters continues to afford him breakthrough moments of self-discovery when he is submerged in the work.
FARRAH MARTIN was born in the South with five siblings. Farrah earned her BA in Broadcast Journalism and Film from the University of Tennessee. Pursuing her passion for story telling–and examining what it means to be human–she moved to New York to become a journalist. She worked in television news production for a year, but grew dissatisfied. After a year abroad, she returned to New York and completed the Acting Program at the William Esper Studio. She still dreams of telling stories and searching for truth, but now through acting, process and collaborating with inspired artists. She is a graduate of the two-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio with Terry Knickerbocker.