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Perri Gaffney in The Resurrection of Alice

The New Voices Reading Series takes place at 7:30 on the first Tuesday of each month from October 2013 through July 2014.

The Billie Holiday Theatre New Voices Reading Series looks to discover new playwrights in order to help get their work seen and produced. The reward for being selected is that one of the readings from each season will be selected for a full production at The Billie Holiday Theatre during the following season.

The series started in the fall of 2011.

Past participants that have received full productions include The Resurrection of Alice by Perri Gaffney (reading in 2011, production in 2012) and Finding Home by Keline Adams (reading in 2012, production in 2013).

Other readings in the series include: Retrospect for Life by Dominique Morisseau in 2011, Iced Out, Shackled and Chained by Keisha T. Spence and Mo Beasley in 2012, and The Grove by Mfoniso Udofia and Dirty Blood by Stacy Osei-Kuffor in 2013. Our last reading was Pass Perfect by Joyce Walker Joseph in March, 2014.

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READING ON JUNE 10

The Billie Holiday Theatre New Voices Reading Series Presents:

Uncle Tom vs Uncle Sam

Picture credits: left: Joshiah Henson, who inspired the character of Uncle Tom; right: James Montgomery Flagg's portrait of Uncle Sam; background; Giovanni Gagliardi/123RF.

Uncle Tom vs Uncle Sam  

Written & Directed by Bless ji Jaja

Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam is a satire about an interracial couple who plans to adopt. She would love to adopt a child of color — the same as they would naturally have if naturally able; but he, solely and adamantly, wants to adopt white only.

Uncle Tom vs. Uncle Sam examines the varying degrees of assimilation and self-hate the black community still finds itself grappling with in a so-called post-racial era.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

No reservations required.

The Billie Holiday Theatre Special Events

Honoring Ruby Dee 2011 Honoring Ruby Dee 2011 Honoring Ruby Dee 2011 Honoring Ruby Dee 2011 Dupree Opening 2011 Dupree Opening 2011 Dupree Opening 2011

Coalition of Theatres of Color Honors Ruby Dee
Spring 2011 • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Community Room
See photo album on our Facebook fan page.

Opening Night: The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile
Spring 2011 • Skylight Gallery
See photo album on our Facebook fan page.


Portrait of Marjorie Moon

Marjorie Moon

We are happy to welcome you to our 42nd Season. We have a number of special events planned and as usual we expect to play host to many important community activities.

— Marjorie Moon
Producer and Executive Director
The Billie Holiday Theatre

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Your Invitation to a World of Special Events

The Billie Holiday Theatre has long been a center, host and participant for and in a myriad of community and Black theater events. This year, we added an events section to our site to promote and inform our audience and also to record past events that we've hosted.

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Archive of Past Events

Project 1 Voice

Project 1 Voice


Harlem Talk Radio Interview Opening for The Legend of Buster Neal Opening for Brothers from the Bottom Opening for Birthright

HarlemTalkRadio.com Interviews Cast of Dupree
Spring 2011 • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Community Room

Cast on Opening Night: The Legend of Buster Neal
Winter 2010 • Skylight Gallery
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Cast on Opening Night: Brothers from the Bottom
Fall 2010 • Skylight Gallery

Cast on Opening Night: Birthright
Spring 2008 • Skylight Gallery


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For information, to check availability or to purchase tickets:

The Billie Holiday Theatre | (718) 636-0918 | (718 ) 636-0919 |
Theatre Address | Restoration Plaza | 1368 Fulton Street | Brooklyn, NY 11216
Mailing Address | PO Box 470131 | Brooklyn, NY 11247-0131

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