Sunday, March 25, 2018

Serious Adverse Effects at The National Black Theatre!

Serious Adverse Effects opens at the National Black Theatre in Harlem this week in a limited engagement!

Set in the near future, Serious Adverse Effects follows an unconventional scientist on her quest to cure a mysterious new disease. To succeed she must find forgiveness from a family with no reason to trust her and embrace the transformative potential of her own healing.  It features a cast of four and is inspired by the resilience of African-American women in the 21st century.

The National Black Theatre has nurtured the development of this play via an amazing 18-month residency experience, culminating in this workshop production. Mary E. Hodges is on board as director, with a dynamite ensemble bringing the pages to life! We’ve pushed the workshop to include elements of set design, light and sound.

The National Black Theatre
the workshop production of

Serious Adverse Effects
By Derek Lee McPhatter
Directed by Mary E. Hodges

Featuring: Patrice Bell, Nadia Brown, Abigail Ramsay, and Christopher Smith

March 28 @ 7:30 PM
March 29 @ 7:30 PM
March 30 @ 7:30 PM
March 31 @ 2 PM and 7:30 PM
April 1 @ 4 PM

2031 Fifth Avenue (National Black Theatre Way) New York, NY 10035

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 In Review: BUSY BUSY BUSY

WOW.  I took some time over the New Year's Break to look back at the last 365. And it was nonstop. No wonder I'm feeling a little worn out.   

Here was a lot of the good news on the writer/producer front: 

  • Anti-Inauguration Emergency Cabaret with Cynthia Bond, Hi Concept Labs
  • Tutterow Fellow Showcase, Program Kick Off with Chicago Dramatists
  • Inauguration Blues at Chicago Dramatists 

February 2017
  • Otherwise Oblivion Published in special Afro-futurism volume of OBSIDIAN: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. 

March 2017
  •  Kick off Bring the Beat Back Campaign with my team!
  •  THAWALLS Event Volunteer Marketing Chair - with LINKS Hall and Threewalls
  • Joined The Dramatists Guild

April 2017
  • Bring the Beat Back @ JACK and The Drama League
  • Lyric Opera Chicago Voices Preparation
  • New Play Commission Pitch Session with Chicago Dramatists for Tutterow Fellowship

May 2017

  • The Lyric Opera of Chicago - Chicago Voices New Work Development Begins

June 2017
  • First Table Read for Serious Adverse Effects at NBT

July 2017
  • Post Production Complete for Stephanie Jeter’s Searching for Isabelle Short Film
  • Creative Development Begins for Hair Story: A Pilot for Serial Dreamer, with OPEN TV-Beta

Sept 2017
Check out our BOW at The Harris Theater

October 2017
  • First Cold Read of New Play in Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Program

November 2017
  • Stephanie Jeter’s Searching For Isabelle – First Public Screening at Black Cinema House (Producer) 
  • November 11 Citizen Jane in Paragon Play Festival 
  • Bring the Beat Back @ Hi-ARTS

The cast and creative team for Bring the Beat Back at Hi-ARTS!

December 2017

  • Private 29 Hour Workshop for Serious Adverse Effects
  • Principal Photography Completed for Hair Story: A Pilot for Serial Dreamer with the team at OPEN-TV Beta. 
Here's Saya Naomi and Erik Lamar Wallace in HAIR STORY...

Monday, September 25, 2017

Check Out the Review: Chicago Voices Community Created Performances

Guess What,

The Harris Theatre was packed for the presentation of STORIES AND SONGS OF CHICAGO at the Harris Theater earlier this month.  It was the culmination of a whole summer worth of hard work as part of the team the Lyric Opera assembled for Community Created Performances.  

I'm really proud of the work we did together, and was thrilled to see this review of the show:

Blu Rhythm Collective, Community Created Performances, 2017. Photo: Michael Brosilow.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Fire This Times: Amplifying the Voice of the Community Through Stor...

The Fire This Times: Amplifying the Voice of the Community Through Stor...: For the second year in a row, TFTT founding playwright and producer Derek McPhatter has re-teamed with Chicago's Lyric Opera to coll...

Monday, March 27, 2017


Join us in bringing a unique live performance to life!

Bring the Beat Back is a queer, black, sci-fi music theater experience. An amazing team is coming together for the next step: concert performances slated for April 2017. This will be the first time we present the show with a live audience, part performance, part dance party. Your support will ensure the show's success, and make it possible for our creative team to continue its development.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Coming up in January: Emergency Cabaret and Tutterow Fellow Showcase


January is here and we're in high gear.

Two presentations coming right up, first on Jan 20:

I'm presenting a performative essay at this Emergency Cabaret event presented by Creativebond and High Concept Labs.

And then on January 28th:

I'll have a short play at Chicago Dramatists on January 28, as part of the Tutterow Fellowship (more on that in a bit):

More soon!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

New Plays in Print - Two New Anthologies

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion!

I've had quite a wonderful year on the creative side and I've got news on the latest anthologies to feature my work.

Be sure to check them out and keep them in mind as stocking-stuffers for your holiday gift-giving!


About this Play
Unless a computer engineer in the distant future can uncover the truth about a gay bashing event in our time, the incident will be deleted from history. But no one is being honest: not the victim, not the assailant, and certainly not their mothers.  

Future-shock and culture-clash abound as the narrative brings audiences to a Historically Black College to explore paradigms of memory, forgiveness and hope. 

This play has legs now and really came to life after its workshop at The Tank. So I want to thank that creative team one more time:  Seitu Jemel Hart (Producer) Pat Golden (Director), T.C. Newman (Stage Manager) and a great cast: Juan Javier Cardenas, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Anthony Gaskins, Renita Martin, Yvonne de Salle (Same), Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Renee Williams.

The Cast from 2010: Renee, Yvonne, Anthony, Renita, Bridgit, Jaime and Juan!

About this Anthology
I'm honored to have work in Indie Theater Now's Plays and Playwrights 2017 anthology, part of an annual series that showcases some of the favorite titles they've published over the past 12 months or so.  It's a great bargain of an e-book, with The Lattice Crashes alongside new work from J. Julian Christopher, Jessica Litwak, and more.




(available on Amazon)

About this Play
In this short play, black revolutionaries are planning an Obama-era protest in a secret dimension, but there may be a traitor in their midst. This narrative is inspired by Douglas Turner Ward's play, Day of Absence.  

Special thanks to the creative team that brought this one to life in 2011: Director Russell G. Jones, and cast members:  Crystal Dickinson, Laura E. Johnston and Marcus Naylor. 

Marcus, Crystal, Me, Laura and Russell!

About this Anthology
In August 2011, I was one of 6 playwrights invited to the very first season of 48 Hours in... Harlem, a theater festival that brings together a rotating roster of black playwrights, directors and actors to reimagine classics in the black theater canon.  Flash forward a few years and that festival is entering its 7th season, has an Obie under its belt and just launched a new sister series in The Bronx.

This is the first of what I believe will be be many publications made possible by the awesome team at Harlem9.  So I'm honored to be in this first anthology, alongside the artists from seasons 1 and 2!

More Soon
I do have one more project with a publishing commitment I was hoping to announce before the end of the year, but it looks like that will be a 2017 surprise.

So that's it for now.


Merry Happy Best Wishes and Much Respect!