Donja Love’s List of Black Theater in New York City

Donja Love’s List of Black Theater in New York City

Playwright Donja R. Love is on a roll. The recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow and many other accolades, his play “Sugar in Our Wounds,” the first in a trilogy, was recently staged at MTC’s Studio at Stage II. “Fireflies,” part two of the trilogy, will kick off the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2018-2019 season September 26-November 11.

Love is a consistent advocate for other Black artists making their marks. When he took to Facebook recently with a list of plays that he dubbed “the 2018-2019 Black-Ass-Theatre Season in New York City,” his community applauded — or liked and shared, in this case — and responded with list suggestions of their own. We think the list is so great that we asked if we could share it here.

An additional note about the list from Donja Love: “31 of these 55 works are by Black women/femmes because God is good.”

“The 2018-2019 Black-Ass-Theatre Season in New York City” by Donja Love (and friends)

“Scraps” by Geraldine Inoa
The Flea
August 15-September 24

“Tumbleweed” by Marcus Scott
Dixon Place
August 24-26

“In the Penal Colony”by Miranda Haymon
The Tank
September 4-16

“Michael R. Jackson: Real Talk” by Michael R. Jackson
Ars Nova
September 5

“The Unwritten Law” by Chesney Snow with Rebecca Arends
Dixon Place
September 5-29

“Showgasm” with Larry Owens & Crew
Ars Nova
September 6

“The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d” by Jonathan Payne
The Playwrights Realm
September 7-October 6

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by August Wilson
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
September 20-24

“Black Light” by Daniel Alexander Jones
Greenwich House Theatre (Formerly Barrow Street)
September 24-December 31

“Fireflies” by Donja R. Love
Atlantic Theater Company
September 26-November 11

“RATED BLACK: An American Requiem” by Kareem M. Lucas
Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop
September 27-October 13

“Travisville” by William Jackson Harper
Ensemble Studio Theatre
October 3-28

“The Danger” by Stacey Rose
October 4-14

“First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune” by Richarda Abrams
United Solo
October 7

“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” by Lorraine Hansberry
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
October 10-16

“Good Grief” by Ngozi Anyanwu
Vineyard Theatre
October 11

“Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
October 11-17

“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Plays” by Jocelyn Bioh
MCC Theater
October 16-November 25

“The Told Us Not to Pray” a devised work
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
October 18-20

“Eve’s Song” by Patricia Ione Lloyd
The Public Theater
October 21-December 2

“Dot” by Colman Domingo
Billie Holiday Theatre
October 21-November 18

“Songs of Speculation” by Jillian Walker
November 1-3

“Detroit ’67” by Dominique Morisseau
The Juilliard School of Drama
November 7-11

“The Subject” by Chisa Hutchinson
Animus Theater Company at The Cherry Lane Theatre
November 9-December 9

“Hope Man” by Idris Goodwin
The Flea
November 10-December 10

“Fallen Angels” by Ngozi Anyanwu
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
November 14-19

“Food for the Gods” written and directed by Nehprii Amenii
The Downstairs at La MaMa
November 15-18

“What to Send Up When It Goes Down” by Aleshea Harris
The Movement Theatre Company
November-December 2018

“Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine”by Lynn Nottage
Signature Theatre
November 19-December 30

“In the Red and Brown Water” by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Columbia University
December 5-8

“Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty” by Kareem Lucas
December 13-15

“Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Manhattan Theatre Club
Previews begin December 27

“The Light” by Loy A. Web
MCC Theater
January 9-February 17, 2019

“Behind the Sheet” by Charly Evon Simpson
Ensemble Studio Theatre
January 9-February 3, 2019

The 10th annual The Fire This Time Festival
Frigid New York’s Kraine Theater
Starts January 21, 2019

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” by Lynn Nottage
Signature Theatre
January 29-March 3, 2019

“Daddy” by Jeremy O. Harris
Vineyard Theatre, co-production with The New Group
February-March 2019

“If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka” by Tori Sampson
Playwrights Horizons
February 15 – March 31, 2019

“White Noise” by Suzan-Lori Parks
The Public Theater
February 19-March 31, 2019

“Surely Goodness and Mercy” by Chisa Hutchinson
Keen Company (Theater Row)
February 26-April 13, 2019

“Ain’t No Mo’” by Jordan E. Cooper
The Public Theater
March 12-April 21, 2019

“BLKS” by Aziza Barnes
MCC Theater
April 18-May 26, 2019

“The Secret Life of Bees” book by Lynn Nottage
Atlantic Theatre Company
May 10-June 23, 2019

“A Strange Loop” book, music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
May 24– July 7, 2019

“Toni Stone” by Lydia Diamond
Roundabout Theatre Company

“Slave Play” by Jeremy O. Harris
New York Theatre Workshop

“UGLY” by Raja Feather Kelly
The Bushwick Starr

“Proof of Love” by Chisa Hutchinson
Audible (Minetta Lane)
Dates TBD

New works by Charly Evon Simpson and James Anthony Tyler
The Amoralists Theatre Company
April-May, 2019

“Ain’t Too Proud” book by Dominique Morisseau
Imperial Theatre
Spring 2019

“LOCKDOWN” by Cori Thomas
Rattlestick Theatre
Spring 2019

“Good Friday” by Kristiana Rae Colón
The Flea
Spring 2019

“Crumbs From the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage
Project1Voice (P1V) One Day One Play 2019 in cities nationwide
June 17, 2019

A new project by Anna Deavere Smith
New York Theatre Workshop
Summer 2019

Any shows we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments, and we will add them to this post!

Check out this First Person episode to learn a little more about Donja R. Love.

Self-Love Is An Act Of Survival

Donja, a playwright, sat down with our host Tonilyn at our studios to discuss matters of the heart and the pivotal moments of his youth that shaped him into the unapologetically Black queer man he is today. His resolution to practice self-love, which blossomed under his parents’ care, is the basis of his “radical softness” philosophy and at the core of his life and work.

Posted by First Person • PBS on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Top Image: World premiere play "Fireflies" written by Donja R. Love, directed by Saheem Ali at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street