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...