Stream 7 plays from The Fire This Time Festival on ALL ARTS

Stream 7 plays from The Fire This Time Festival on ALL ARTS

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.

You can also stream the plays on our YouTube channel and Facebook page, where a new entry from the series will be released daily at 10 a.m. Eastern from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8.

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.

"Assumed Positions," by Natyna Bean. Photo: Garlia Jones.
“Assumed Positions,” by Natyna Bean. Photo: Garlia Jones.

The Fire This Time Festival on ALL ARTS

If Men Were Flowers,” by Jay Mazyck
Read an excerpt from the play

“If Men Were Flowers” is Jay Mazyck’s meditation on a different, softer side masculinity.


Antepartum,” by Deneen Reynolds-Knott
Read an excerpt from the play

Faced with broken expectations of their birth plans, two women find respite together.


Wish I Could P. (Pay It No Mind),” by Mario (Mars) Wolfe
Read an excerpt from the play

Marsha P. Johnson shepherds the lost back home in this new play by Mario (Mars) Wolfe.


Assumed Positions,” by Natyna Bean
Read an excerpt from the play

Playwright Natyna Bean invites us to question how well we really know the ones we love.


Maya and Rivers,” by Tyler English-Beckwith
Read an excerpt from the play

Maya and Rivers search for new life in this new play by Tyler English-Beckwith.


Panopticon,” by Cyrus Aaron
Read an excerpt from the play

As the world changes around them, two Bed-Stuy residents try and keep some perspective.


One Morning Soon,” by Niccolo Aeed
Read an excerpt from the play

Niccolo Aeed’s new work follows a religion as it grows and changes.

You can find all of the films, plus excerpts from the plays, on our “The Fire This Time Festival” collection page. Sign up for the ALL ARTS app to watch from wherever you stream. 

Top Image: "Maya and Rivers," by Tyler English-Beckwith. Photo Credit: Garlia Jones.