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#BMPFest 2021: "THIRTY" Trailer / June 3 - 7, 2021
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#BMPFest 2021: "THIRTY" Trailer / June 3 - 7, 2021

THIRTY Written by: Melda Beaty Directed by: Dawn Monique Williams Featuring: Pat Bowie LaKeisha Randle Nikkole Salter Dee Selmore Trailer: Katiana Weems - Editor and Gabrielle Henderson - Audio ___ ABOUT THIRTY An explosive look at a family generation of Black women caregivers grappling with family secrets. THIRTY is the third new work in the 1st Annual Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival, a partnership between Blackboard Plays and PAAL , the Parent Artist Advocacy League. This play is made possible because of a partnership with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. THIRTY Streams from Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST / 4pm PST to Monday, June 7th at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST / 4pm PST. Purchase your Digital pass and Stream at bmpfest.veeps.com PAAL and Blackboard established #BMPFest to showcase the creative output of Black parent playwrights. They issued an open call in October 2020 for writers who identify as Black parents or caregivers to submit up to 10 pages of work that they would develop into a one-act. For more information on the festival visit: bit.ly/bmpinfo ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: MELDA BEATY is a passionate playwright, author, and assistant professor who resides in Chicago, Illinois with her three gifted daughters. Melda has written five stage plays and a short film. Her first play, Front Porch Society, enjoyed a world premiere at The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, TX and was a finalist for Best New Plays by Houston Press. She is also a freelance contributor to Black Masks magazine and the author of two books. Her latest play is an epic exploration of 19th century sterilization laws in America and the impact on Black women. Melda earned her B.A. in Broadcast Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A. in English at Illinois State University. https://meldacreates.com/ ⠀
#BMPFest 2021: “Justin’s Side” Trailer / May 20-24, 2021
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#BMPFest 2021: “Justin’s Side” Trailer / May 20-24, 2021

JUSTIN’S SIDE Written by: Eureka Lewis Directed by: Ellen Valencia Featuring: Troi Coleman Alvin Christmas Ezra Knight Trailer: Katiana Weems - Editor and Gabrielle Henderson - Audio ___ ABOUT JUSTIN’S SIDE A typical day at Roman Middle School takes a drastic turn when an incident amongst classmates warrants a parent/principal meeting. JUSTIN’S SIDE opens the 1st Annual Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival, a partnership between Blackboard Plays and PAAL , the Parent Artist Advocacy League. This play is made possible because of a partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Justin’s Side Streams from Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST / 4pm PST to Monday, May 24th at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST / 4pm PST. Purchase your Digital pass and Stream at bmpfest.veeps.com PAAL and Blackboard established #BMPFest to showcase the creative output of Black parent playwrights. They issued an open call in October 2020 for writers who identify as Black parents or caregivers to submit up to 10 pages of work that they would develop into a one-act. For more information on the festival visit: bit.ly/bmpinfo ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: EUREKA LEWIS Eureka Lewis resides in New York, but is a native of Detroit, MI. She's written & directed numerous plays, including (but not limited to) "Sorry If I Let You Down", "Aunt Salley's Remains", "Finally Made It", "Too Far To The Left", "The Jagged Rose" & a 10-week run of "What They'll Remember"; which received rave reviews in The Huffington Post & Broadway World. From hundreds of entries, she was twice selected a featured writer for Billie Holiday Theatre's "50IN50" writer’s series.⠀ ⠀ Her onstage credits began over thirty years ago at The Hilberry Studio Theater of @theatreanddanceatwayne , Wayne State University, in "Portraits In Black". She's also had lead or pivotal roles in "Tambourines To Glory", "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope", "God's Trombones", "For Colored Girls", "Raisin In The Sun", "In The City", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" & "Herstory" to name a select few.⠀ ⠀ Eureka believes writing is one of the greatest platforms to evoke change.⠀ ⠀