The Fire This Time Festival, founded by Kelley Nicole Girod in 2009, presents an annual selection of works from playwrights of African and African-American descent. In February, the program celebrated its 11th season with a new batch of plays, each under 10 minutes in length.
Now, you can stream seven pieces from the festival for free on the ALL ARTS app and website as part of our “House Seats” series. Launched Aug. 2 to mark the birth of James Baldwin (who inspired the festival’s name), the series includes playwrights Jay Mazyck, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Mario (Mars) Wolfe, Natyna Bean, Tyler English-Beckwith, Cyrus Aaron and Niccolo Aeed.
In addition to the films, we will also be releasing excerpts of the plays on our website. Find a schedule and descriptions of the 10-minute plays below.
The Fire This Time Festival on ALL ARTS
“If Men Were Flowers” is Jay Mazyck’s meditation on a different, softer side masculinity.
Faced with broken expectations of their birth plans, two women find respite together.
Marsha P. Johnson shepherds the lost back home in this new play by Mario (Mars) Wolfe.
Playwright Natyna Bean invites us to question how well we really know the ones we love.
Maya and Rivers search for new life in this new play by Tyler English-Beckwith.
As the world changes around them, two Bed-Stuy residents try and keep some perspective.
Niccolo Aeed’s new work follows a religion as it grows and changes.
Top Image: "Maya and Rivers," by Tyler English-Beckwith. Photo Credit: Garlia Jones.