CTG Playwright Showcase “Not A Moment, But A Movement” at Kirk Douglas Theater

Center Theatre Group, in collaboration with The Fire This Time Festival and Watts Village Theater Company, presents a second season of Not A Moment, But A Movement, an initiative created to amplify, center, and celebrate Black voices.

For this second season, a cohort of woman-identifying or non-binary playwrights were commissioned to write new plays beginning in January 2021. Five of these playwrights— Z & Co” f/aka AzizA Barnes, Roger Q. Mason, Tahirih Moeller, Cynthia Grace Robinson, and t. tara turk-haynes—will have their resulting works read at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in a three-day festival Saturday, June 22—Monday, June 24. This will mark the first time that any of these plays will be presented to the public.

The plays deal with a wide range of themes – from personal coming of age stories and explorations of gender identity and body dysmorphia; to experiences of intimacy and joy; to complex issues about civil rights and queer identity; and the loss of independence while enduring dementia. The final play is an imagining of when Diahann Carroll, Sidney Poitier, Joann Woodward, Paul Newman, Duke Ellington, and Marlon Brando came together to make the 1961 movie Paris Blues about jazz expatriates in Paris.

“We hope you will join us for a memorable weekend of new work in Culver City from five of LA’s most wholly original artists,” said CTG Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “By commissioning these new plays our hope is that Not A Moment, But A Movement will introduce CTG audiences to the exciting voices that will help chart the future of American theatre.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.

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