Camille Darby’s The White Peacock in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s inaugural Future Classics Festival at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center on June 27, 2012
Lia Chang Photos: Tonya Pinkins, Billy Eugene Jones, Matthew Murumba and Toccarra Cash in Reading of Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance
On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, the Horse Trade Theatre Group’s THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL will present a staged reading of Lords Resistance, by award-winning playwright Camille Darby, starring Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; “All My Children”), Billy Eugene Jones (Passing Strange; Radio Golf), Matthew Murumba (Kofi, Law and Order), and 2007 Princess Grace Award Recipient Toccarra Cash (Bonfire Night, The Roxy’s and Bleu; Shoppin’), in The Red Room, 85 E. 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue & Bowery) in New York at 8pm. Admission is free. Christopher Burris directs.
On June 6, 2011, playwright Camille Darby and 49 other African American female playwrights joined Ntozake Shange onstage at Playwright’s Horizon in New York, when Shange received her Lifetime Achievement Award at The Second Annual Lilly Awards.
The Lilly Awards, named in honor of Lillian Hellman, and The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theater were founded in 2010 by Marsha Norman, Julie Crosby, John Eisner, Gary Garrison, Tina Howe, Julia Jordan, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Rose, and Tim Sanford. Their mission is “to celebrate the work of outstanding, successful and up-and-coming women playwrights, directors, designers and advocates for the work of women in the theater.
Receiving the email invitation to The Lilly Awards from Ms. Norman, who was Darby’s NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Program thesis professor, proved an eye-opening and life changing experience prompting her to write about the night on her blog http://www.camilleplays.tumblr.com.