Saturday, November 27, 2010

THE LATTICE CRASHES at THE TANK 12/10, 12/11, 12/12


a workshop production

by Derek Lee McPhatter

directed by Pat Golden

Friday, December 10th, 9:30 PM
Saturday, December 11th, 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 12th, 3:00 PM
General Admission: $12

354 W 45th St (between 8th and 9th)
New York, NY 10036

an equity-approved showcase

(cast announcement coming soon!)

About the Show:
In the 21st century, something tragic happened in a college dormitory. The school called it an unfortunate incident. The police called it aggravated assault. The media called it a hate crime, and the boys involved called it their defining moment. But thousands of years into the future, it’s just one more problem on the supernetwork. And for Mercedes - the galaxy’s most underpaid computer technician - sometimes just hitting “delete” is the best way to get off work on time.

The Lattice Crashes explores a number of timely contemporary issues: network technology, race, homophobia, the prison-industrial complex and class stratification.

Support for the development of the script for the Lattice Crashes has been provided through the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Harlem Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Puffin Foundation.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lots of Projects Coming Up

Here's what I've got in the pipeline folks.

The Lattice Crashes – Workshop Production
The Lattice Crashes is a dramatic comedy that examines a modern day hate crime from the vantage point of the distant future. This year, I have been working hard to secure resources for The Lattice Crashes as a staged workshop production. I have secured an executive producer and director for the project, and am planning to mount The Lattice Crashes in early November or December, 2010.

The Fire This Time Festival, Year Two
In February 2010, I was a featured playwright in Year One of The Fire This Time Festival. My work was featured alongside new work by six other talented early-career playwrights. The success of Year One of the Festival has prompted a more ambitious scope for Year Two, and I have signed on as executive producer. I am also developing a new theater work to workshop as part of the festival. Year Two planning is underway, with core programming scheduled for Mid-January 2011.

The Seeing is Believing Cycle – Exploring Violence
I am actively planning this innovative new works cycle. The focus of Seeing is Believing is to develop artistic projects that focus on self-hatred and timely social issues. For the 2010-2011 season, the project’s collaborative artistic team is focusing on Self-Hatred and Violence. I have partnered with long-time collaborators Teresa Michelle Lasley and Rhonney Greene to produce a number of public panel discussions and forums to explore violence. These events will inform the scope and content of a new, currently untitled interdisciplinary performance project.

Friday, September 3, 2010


On Sunday September 12th at 4PM, The Fire This Time Festival kicks off its second year with amazing musical event, inspired by the African-American experience and its deep impact on 20th century popular culture. Hosted by Steve Strickland, the show will feature a roster of top-notch musicians performing new interpretations of some timeless favorites in jazz, blues, soul, R & B, and more.
Proceeds to benefit the artists in year two of the Fire This Time Festival of Short Plays.


More info here:

Producing Partner

Monday, July 5, 2010

Keeping At It

So it's July!

I didn't speak to you in April, May or June. Wow! Sorry about that. Needless to say, I was busy. The day job has been pushing pushing pushing, and there have been all these deadlines with various contests, festivals and such. And there's so much to see!

But rather than do a retrospective of the flurry of activity I was into over the last few months, let me share a quick bit about what's coming up.

The Seeing is Believing Cycle - Open Forum
Seeing is Believing, but what I see is not what I want to believe....That's one of the opening lines in It Goes Unsaid, one of my most successful theater projects.

We are taking It Goes Unsaid's development as a model to work on an entirely new work. The first step with It Goes Unsaid was a conversation, and the first step for this work will be the same. But instead of a private dialogue, we are planning an open forum, inviting the public to participate in the foundation of a new work. More on that very soon...

The Lattice Crashes - That's right. I did get a grant for this. A workshop production is coming your way in the late summer/fall. I am very excited about this one, as I've been working hard to mount this piece as more than a staged reading.

The Fire This Time Year 2 - That's right the Festival that brought you Citizen Jane is coming back. I'm involved as a Producer of Year 2 and participating Playwright. (I get one night all to myself.) We've just approached a new roster of playwrights and will be announcing public events in the coming months.

And that's not even getting into all the other projects I've got in the mix. From my spec scripts for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and True Blood, to my side grant-writing gigs in the arts, my plate is full full full! But not too full to keep me from sharing with you.

Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Lattice Crashes - Coming Soon

Logo Design - Mike Osgood

Hello Everybody,

So a few weeks ago I was notified by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council that I would be awarded a small grant to support a "workshop production/limited run" of my play, The Lattice Crashes!

I signed the grant agreement last week. That means, by taking that money I'm pledging to put up the show before the end of the year. This is a great kick in the pants to get that project rolling.

The Lattice Crashes is set on a vast "supernetwork" where history and technology have collided: Unless a computer technician in the distant future can uncover the truth about a gay bashing incident in the year 2002, the moment will be deleted from official history. But no one is telling the truth: not the victim, not the assailant, and certainly not their mothers.

The grant is not that large mind you. But its a great start, I'll need to continue to raise funds over the summer, and hope to have the show mounted by early autumn.

I'm very excited about this opportunity. Thanks and Kudos to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Citizen Jane - Photos from the Show!

So the show went very well. Every performance was sold out. I'll be sharing more soon.

Here are few quik pics from this weekend's show.

Citizen Jane - The Fire This Time Festival - Photos By Kelly "Fancy" Roberts

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Latest Production: Citizen Jane in The Fire This Time Short Play Festival

by Derek Lee McPhatter

directed by Rhonney Greene


as Citizen Jane

Dylan Kammerer
Darren Mallett
Sheree Renée Thomas

Thursday, February 04 thru Sunday, February 07 2010
@ 8PM
with Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 2pm
No Performance on Sunday Night
$15 ($12 students/seniors)

Part of the Horse Trade Theater Group’s Fire This Time Short Play Festival
All performances will be held at the Red Room Theater, located at 85 East 4th Street NYC (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) on the third floor. (sorry no elevator)

About Citizen Jane
Citizen Jane is our favorite super-shero and she comes to vivid life tonight! Don’t worry if all she seems a bit tired of saving the world. She had better give us another Happy Ending or else!

About The Fire this Time Festival
The Fire This Time Festival showcases new short plays as a special Black History Month offering by the Horse Trade Theater Group. Performances feature Citizen Jane alongside new works by Deborah Asiimwe, Rhada Blank, Kelley Girod, Katori Hall, Germono Toussaint and Pia Wilson. The Festival explores the diverse possibilities of contemporary American drama and challenging new directions for 21st century black theatre.

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