NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS SERIES
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check http://www. theaterforthenewcity.net/ for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!
NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS:
Next Reading Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
Wine and Cheese. COME EAT AND DRINK WITH US AND MEET THE WRITER!
Suggested Contribution: $5
(AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS)
A father of six and grandfather of two was arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes that were
not found on his person or in his vehicle. While his death is tragic, a black man dying at the
hands of the NYPD over a crime that never occurred or wrong assumptions is nothing new; they have
a long history of killing black men they come in contact with.
The play consist of eight characters, six main characters are as follows:
Willis Brownwell, Noble Ortiz, Black Folks, Reverend Shaker,Officer Jackson, Officer Tindell.
The story begins when Willis and Noble make a drop to a small time drug dealer “L” in Brooklyn with
a large quantity of Marijuana to sell. During the transaction they are seen by two Police Officers
(Jackson and Tindell), while Wilson and Noble escape the arrest they record the ongoing scenario
between the Officers and “L” . To their horror , they witness his murder right there on the side walk
in Bed Stuy. The recording of the murder goes viral on the internet , Officer Jackson takes it upon
himself to seek revenge on the two youths. In doing so he kills Noble and critically wounds Wilson.
Because of the recent slayings of the youths by N.Y.P.D. A riot ensues in Harlem, leaving a blood bath
for both Police and community.
The message of the story, there is a great injustice done by law enforcement in communities of color ,
however unjust actions shouldn't be dealt with excessive force but through actions of intelligence.
The most pressing and depressing question is this, how do we attain justice and racial equality when
we've never had it in the first place?
Jeffrey D. Holman
JEFFREY D. HOLMAN (Playwright/Director)
Jeffrey Holman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1964. He is an activist and artist of many mediums. He has written, produced, directed, and performed in numerous stage plays and participated in several spoken word events throughout New York City and his poetry has been published in various online and print arts and culture publications. As an avid activist, Holman works in association with the National Action Network, The Color of Change, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the National Wildlife Federation.
FUTURE NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS:
2016/2017 New City, New Blood readings season began November 2016. Submissions for the season are now ongoing.