News: 13th Annual The Fire This Time Festival Announces Schedule [POSTPONED UNTIL JULY 2022]

Updated Jan. 6, 2022: Due to the recent resurgence of Covid-19, FRIGID New York will regrettably be postponing the 13th Annual The Fire This Time Festival until July 2022. Information on the new performance dates will be announced in the coming months.

"Sadly, due to the recent surge of the Covid-19 virus and out of an abundance of caution and an unwavering desire to protect the health and safety of our cast and crew, we are postponing this year's festival,” said Artistic Director, Cezar Williams. “It is our intention to remount the festival this summer. Please stand by for more details as they become available.”

Original post: FRIGID New York will present the 13th Annual The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), January 17-February 6, 2022. Performances will also be available to livestream from home. Tickets ($20) are available for advance purchase at www.frigid.nyc.

The festival will kick-off on Monday, January 17th with a panel discussion with director Zhailon Levingston and the Broadway Advocacy Group.

The OBIE Award winning The Fire This Time Festival was founded in 2009 by Kelley Girod to provide a platform for playwrights of African and African-American descent to write and produce evocative material for diverse audiences. Since the debut of the first 10-minute play program in 2010, presented in collaboration with FRIGID New York, The Fire This Time Festival has produced and developed the work of more than 80 playwrights including Katori Hall, Dominique Morisseau, Radha Blank, Antoinette Nwandu, Jocelyn Bioh, korde arrington tuttle, Stacey Rose, Aziza Barnes, C.A. Johnson, Kevin R. Free, Charly Evon Simpson, Angelica Cheri, James Anthony Tyler, Jordan Cooper and Nathan Yungerberg. The Fire This Time Festival recently collaborated with Center Theatre Group and Watts Village Theater Company to launch the initiative “It’s Not A Moment, But A Movement” to amplify Black artists through three virtual events which paired playwrights, visual artists and musicians during 2021.

This time around, the world premiere 10-minute plays, directed by Zhailon Levingston (Chicken and Biscuits on Broadway), will be presented on Thursday, January 20 at 7pm; Friday, January 21 at 7pm; Saturday, January 22 at 7pm; Friday, January 28 at 7pm; Saturday, January 29 at 7pm; Sunday, January 30 at 3pm; Friday, February 4 at 7pm; Saturday, February 5 at 7pm; and Sunday, February 6 at 3pm.

The plays are:

Wildest Dreams, by Agyeiwaa Asante

For over 187 years, Maybelle and Jimmy Dale have haunted the Mason plantation, a now popular tourist attraction and event venue. Tired of their time on this plane, they wonder what it'll take to get them to the other side.

Red Red Wine, by Rachel Herron

Somm was well on her way to becoming the first Black female Master Sommelier in the world, but she gave it all up to produce her own wine label. Now she's enlisted the help of her mentee, Mel, to help grow the brand; the only question is if Mel will still be on board once she learns the secret ingredient in their bestselling red.

Gurlfriend (Black is Black), by Fedna Jacquet

Two black girls drinking wine and living their best lives. #BlackGurlMagic #UnapologeticAF. We get to see THEM--jokes and bruises on display. By leaving the world outside, these best friends are able to bond in a fresh and delightful way...but what happens when the ever-shrinking classification of blackness threatens to exclude one of them? We ride the bold and excruciatingly confusing rollercoaster of identity, friendship, and regret to a new destination unknown to both Lea and Tonya. #Drama

Wookiees in The Wilderness, by Marcus Scott

Bishop and Smokey are best pals. Smokey will do anything for Bishop, who is in the midst of recovering from a recent trauma. Bishop will do anything for Smokey, including go out to the mountainside wilderness of the Lake of the Ozarks to prep him for his upcoming Wilderness Survival test for the Eagle Scouts. But as the sundown begins and night falls upon them, the boys are reminded to truly be prepared for anything. Wookiees in the Wilderness is a buddy drama about race, class, wasted potential, retaliation, Star Wars, and equal opportunity in Trump’s America.

Mount Sinai, by Phillip Christian Smith

Gladys and Minerva, casual chemo friends, discuss life, the south, children, and the handsome cancer patient in Room A. Has Gladys finally fallen in with the bad girls in her twilight years?

By the way..., by Lisa Rosetta Strum

Two best friends have been quarantined for the past month. When one of the friends reveals their true feelings for the other, perceptions, prejudices and fears get exposed and a friendship could be changed forever.

The festival will also feature full length readings from Season 11 playwrights on Sunday, January 23 at 2pm; Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm; Wednesday, January 26 at 7pm; Thursday, January 27 at 7pm; Tuesday, February 1 at 7pm; and Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm.

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