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Jan. 22- 31, 2014: Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance Featured in The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater

Playwright Camille Darby © Lia Chang

Playwright Camille Darby © Lia Chang

For the first time in The Fire This Time Festival history, Season Five will feature a fully realized production of a full-length play, Lords Resistance, by Season Two playwright Camille Darby, directed by Christopher Burris. The production will play six performances at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) January 22-31, 2014, Wednesday through Friday at 7:30pm. Tickets ($15) are available online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

Life is good for the Whitakers until their adopted son–a former child soldier–arrives from Uganda to his new home in the suburbs of Chicago. As the two worlds collide, he is yet again a victim and perpetrator of a war just as damaging as the one he escaped.

Camille Darby (Playwright) was born in Jamaica, West Indies, but migrated to New York City with her family at 6 years old. Her constant attempts at adjusting to American culture—she soon discovered—were best manifested through her writing. It was her first play Mother, May I? written as a high school student during the Theatre Development Fund’s Residency Arts Program that drew the attention of acclaimed playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. With Wasserstein as her mentor, the budding playwright continued to study theatre, literature and film at Sarah Lawrence College where she received her B.A. in 2005. As the Horse Trade Theatre Group’s Fire This Time Festival celebrates it’s fifth season providing a platform for playwrights of African-American and African descent to present new work, Darby is thrilled to be a part of the festival for the third consecutive season. Her play, Exodus was produced in the sold-out 2011 Festival showcase. Darby is the recipient of the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO, 2008) playwriting prize from the Bronx Council on the Arts for her full-length play Lords Resistance. The play was part of the 2012 Fire This Time Festival reading series, and was presented at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Darby is a 2011 finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship program at The Lark Play Development Center, and a 2012 Women’s Project Lab finalist. She holds an M.F.A (2007) in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts.

Christopher Burris (Director) New York directing credits include Kevin R. Free’s A Raisin In The Salad: Black Plays For White People, which was a FringeNYC 2010 hit. He also directed Dennis A. Allen III’s The Mud Is Thicker In Mississippi, a winner in the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. He has directed several short plays for Sticky at the Bowery Poetry Club, including Falling Out With Gregarian Tunks, A Shadow With No Form, Lifeis Terms, …In Which Bishop Eddie Long Loses His Battle With The Demons, and Gaga Of the Dead. In addition to a series of staged readings for Freedom TRain Productions, (including Derek McPhatter’s Bring the Beat Back) he has directed numerous projects for Phare Play, Unconscious Collective, and The Fire This Time Festival (Exodus; By the Banks of the Nile). He holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from UC San Diego.

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She recently starred in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival opposite Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar. Fire This Time Festival to Present Camille Darby’s Lord’s Resistance

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
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
Photos: Tonya Pinkins, Billy Eugene Jones, Matthew Murumba and Toccarra Cash in Reading of Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance
Reading of Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance Stars Tonya Pinkins, Billy Eugene Jones, Tocarra Cash and Matthew Murumba at The Red Room on January 18
Camille Darby’s Lord’s Resistance
Feb. 11 – Mar. 23, 2014: Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Annapurna Sriram Set for The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage Theatre
Dec. 31: Chita Rivera Ushers in 2014 at 54 Below, Profiled on CBS Sunday Morning
Video: Award Winning Playwrights Rajiv Joseph and Tarell Alvin McCraney, the focus of PBS Film, Playwright: From Page to Stage
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Photos: Cheryl Lynn Bruce, André De Shields, Sandra Marquez, Dennis Zacek and More Celebrate Opening Night of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Victory Gardens
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
Photos: Denise Burse, Michael Genet, Doug Eskew, Tracie Thoms, Sakina Ansari-Wilson and More Celebrate Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts Opening Night at Center Stage
Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
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