During the months of July and August, I got the chance to work with a fantastic group of artists to bring my play Delivery to life. As apart of the New American Voices Summer 2020 Virtual Reading Series at the Queens Theatre, my play was directed by Ruben C. Gonzalez and put on as a reading. I was approached by Rob Urbinati, the Director of New play Development. We both had a piece in the Black and Latino Playwright Celebration. Speaking of BLPC, Eugene Lee's (the Director of the Celebration) piece Lyin' Ass was in the Reading Series too! The whole process was like a reunion. I got to work with many people from the BLPC session including Ali, Joe Luis, Ruben, and Preston.
It was also a wonderful experience to work with new actors too. Shout out to Ruben for casting. The group that he brought together was thoughtful, talented and top-notch. Each of them brought their flair to roles, their questions, feedback and their best selves. I got the chance to do some rewrites as well. I know I still have more to do, but I am happy with the progression of the work. What you will be seeing online, has been recorded and edited by the great Tech director and Queens Theatre General Manager Jay Rodgers! He fielded our tech issues and put together the show with ease and awesome energy.
Between Sean's impromtu talent shows, Rachel's rendition of "Kiss by a Rose", Yeniffer's pep talks, Ruben's jokes, Nickclette's ode to "baby hairs" and Ja'Michael's positive energy, I found this to be one of the most joyful rehearsal spaces I'd been in a while. YOU MUST FIND JOY WHILE WORKING. This was also a grand opportunity to work with two colleagues from UT Austin (Nickclette and Ja'Michael). It was awesome to work with Ruben and Joe again. During Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration, they were in the trenches with me figuring out the play!
I wanted to take the time to share a little bit about the incredible cast and creative team!
You can read about them below. Check out their bios and hire them!
I hope you can come see this fantastic cast kill it Tuesday August 25th 7pm Central time. You can RSVP here.
Cast and Crew
RSVP here for the Reading of Delivery on Tuesday August 25th 7 pm CST.
I would like to thank everyone for this opportunity. It was a pleasure working with you all.
If you kept reading through all of this, thank you. I do this to share my playwriting journey in hope that it will help someone begin or continue their journey in this craft. Keep pushing. Keep fighting. Keep going!
Jelisa Jay Robinson
I'm a playwright, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll see my questions and musings on life and writing, theater and the world. My posts highlight my writing process, the inclusion of Black voices in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. I hope you enjoy!