November 29 - December 1, 2016
Proscenium Theatre at The Drake | 302 S. Hicks Street
All events begin at 7:00pm

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If you love Azuka, you love new plays. It's what we do and this is where it all begins. We are committed to actively producing the plays we read as part of our Spotlight Series - this series is our proving ground for new work. Spotlight audiences were the first to hear the terrible girls, Whisky Neat, Skin & Bone, 'Twas the Night, Moon Cave, and many more. Your voice is critical to making this kind of exciting work happen.


Tuesday, November 29th
LEFTOVERS
By Josh Wilder
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Starring: Kim Fairbanks, Steven Wright, Lindsay Smiling, Brandon Pierce, James Whitfield & Anthony Martinez-Briggs
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In inner-city Philadelphia, an abnormally huge dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the house of Jalil and Kwamaine, two brothers who are waiting for the arrival of their father. Leftovers tells the story of the brothers as they figure out their journey to discovering the reality of their dreams. A poignant, poetic, gritty play full of family, magic, and Cliff Huxtable...

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia, PA. His work has been developed at The Fire This Time Festival, Playwrights' Center, Pillbury House+Theater, The History Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. His play Leftovers was a recipient of the 2014 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at The Great Plains Theatre Conference. He is a former Jerone Fellow and Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center and has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre. Josh is a MFA candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.


Wednesday, November 30th
SPOTLIGHT ON APIARY
Poetry and theater come together at Azuka!
Featuring Apiary poets: Annaliese Downey, Warren Longmire & Kassidi Jones. Playwrights: Power Street Theatre Company, Val Dunn & Stephanie Walters. With spoken word performances by The Excelano Project.
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Join APIARY at Azuka Theatre for a night of mixed-media performance showcasing Philly playwrights, poets and performance. The evening will intermix scenes from Philadelphia playwrights' latest works in progress with local poetry and spoken word. APIARY features and friends include APIARY 8: SOFT TARGETS authors Annaliese Downey & Warren Longmire, YOUTHQUAKE alumni Kassidi Jones, and UPenn's spoken word group The Excelano Project.

Warren Longmire is a Philly native, expert level whistler, pushcart nominee, former poetry editor for Apiary Magazine and a 3-time member of the Philadelphia Fuze's national slam. He's been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolary, Eleven Eleven and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True, but what he really wants to do is direct. You can find his writings, essays, videos and sounds at dountiltrue.com and soundcloud.com/wclongmire

Annaliese Downey is a writer and performer living in Philadelphia. Her written work has appeared in Sink Review, The Operating System and All Stars, among others. Currently, she is the frontwoman for SLUR, sporadically hosts an artists' discussion group and is at work on a magazine about intimacy.

Kassidi Jones is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and Africana studies, and the director of Penn's spoken word group, the Excelano Project. She spends he time reading black feminist literature, picking up extra jobs to keep her busy, and attempting to be an adult.

The Excelano Project is the University of Pennsylvania's first and only spoken word group. (Supposedly) derived from Latin, "excelano" means "we march forth" and from its foundation in 2003 by poets and then Penn students Carlos Gomez and Warren Longmire, EP has been doing just that. EP is known for our heart-felt words, striking performances, and well...our fury. Performing on campus and competing at the national level for 5 years now, The Excelano Project had made a name for itself. In 2007 and in 2009 we had the pleasure of taking home the College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational title. Our poets have been featured in the White House, on HBO, at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, on Broadway, and all around the World.

ABOUT APIARY: Founded in 2009, APIARY is a magazine of contemporary poetry and prose featuring writers from the Philadelphia diaspora. We publish work from writers of all ages and backgrounds, in print and online, on a varying (annual-ish) schedule. APIARY is also its staff: we are a volunteer collective of Philly writers dedicated to championing and amplifying our city's dazzling literary scene. Our mission is to further connect and inspire Philadelphians through the power of their words, and to celebrate Philadelphia as a great literary city on the page, the stage, the screen, and in the street. Visit us at APIARYMAGAZINE.COM for online archives of every APIARY issue, exclusive new interviews with local literary greats, staff-curated monthly listings of local lit events, and more. Apiary Magazine on FB, ApiaryMag on Twitter/Instagram.

Power Street Theatre Company, a multicultural theatre company, is dedicated to engaging and empowering culturally diverse communities in the city of Philadelphia, and providing a creative and visionary response to the palpable under-representation of communities of color in performing arts. Their devised performance Out of Orbit, explores the complexities and imbalances of power and privilege told through poetry, dance, and storytelling.

Val Dunn is a Philadelphia-based theatre maker and a graduate of Washington College. This past summer Val apprenticed with the Core Company at the Orchard Project. She is a second year member of the Foundry and Writers on the Rocks. Her work explores themes of feminism, queerness, and place.

Stephanie N. Walters is Philadelphia's first Asian American playwright. Stephanie is also an actor and founding member of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists. She is a graduate of Bucknell University, the London Dramatic Academy, and CAP21.


Thursday, December 1st
MRS. HARRISON
By R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Starring: Jaylene Clark Owens & Brandi Burgess
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Mrs. Harrison, a new play by Barrymore Award-winning playwright R. Eric Thomas, is about two women and one story. Aisha pretends not to remember Holly at their college reunion. Holly pretends not to have a hidden agenda. Whose truth matters? Who gets to tell our stories? Mrs. Harrison asks questions of authenticity, authorship and ownership, set in a college bathroom.

R. Eric Thomas is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright and stand-up dramedian, and has been hailed as "one of the best storytellers in Philly, by the Philadelphia Weekly. His most recent play, Time is On Our Side, was commissioned and produced by Simpatico Theatre Company and developed with PlayPenn. Time was hailed as "a superbly crafted two-hour mystery" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and won two 2016 Barrymore Awards, including the Independence Foundation Award for Best New Play. His other plays include Human Resources (City Theatre Summer Shorts, 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist), the wordless puppet play Frieda the Invisible Woman (developed with Aaron Cromie, FringeArts 2015), When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous (2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist), Always the Bridesmaid (First Person Arts fesitval 2012, Gayfest! 2014), Will You Accept This Friend Request? (First Person Arts Festival 2011), and The Spectator (Run of the Mill Theatre Company 2003). He is a second year member of The Foundry. Eric has performed throughout the country, can be heard on the wildly successful RISK! and Soundtrack Series podcasts, and gave a talk at the 2011 TEDxPhilly conference. He is currently the lost of The Moth in Philadelphia. rericthomas.com


Interested in submitting your script for consideration in our Spotlight Series readings? Be sure to check out our Submissions guidelines for more information!