Designed to create, develop, showcase, and expose the best of Caribbean theatrical offerings the Braata Theatre Workshop introduces US audiences to new, and aspiring young talent from the Diaspora waiting in the wings to carry on the legacies left by outstanding Caribbean performing and literary giants like Walcott, Rhone, and Scott. With every production, the team hopes to give voice, and space to the Caribbean immigrant experience celebrating its unsung thespians, writers, directors, and technical personnel.
Development of new work is extremely important to the theatre workshop, and as such an annual staged reading series is held once or twice per year to help bring a playwright’s work to the consciousness of theater goers in the NY Tri-State area. 2013 was a big year for the Braata Theatre Workshop with Karl O’Brian Williams’ Off-Off Broadway play Not About Eve entertaining sold out houses at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem NC, and having successful command performances in Rochester NY, and New Haven, CT. The play also earned 3 AUDELCO nominations for Excellence in Black Theatre in New York City in categories for Best Playwright, Best Dramatic Production & Best Ensemble Performance.
In our effort to assist writers Braata has outlined the following guidelines for those interested in being a part of our reading series:
1) Submit a complete script or draft to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The play should not have been produced in New York City before, (at least not the draft you’re presenting to us).
3) You should be willing to be an active part of the rehearsal process along with the director and cast to facilitate re writes, and or edits where necessary.
4) Your attendance at the reading is mandatory and so is your participation in a post reading talk back with the audience.
5) All submissions must include: Name and bio of playwright (Max 150 words), play title and synopsis and list of characters.