New Professional Theatre announced the winners of its 1996 "Our Words Awards" at a ceremony Monday, Sept. 16.
The awards, given to celebrate "the Best and Brightest in New African American Playwrights," took place at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row Theatre. Winners were poet Dolores Kendrick for her collection, "The Women Of Plums,"; Melissa Maxwell, for her first play, Unrequited Love; and Kevin Ramsey & Lee Summers for If These Shoes Could Talk - A Tap Dance Tale .
Ramsey starred on Broadway in Five Guys Named Moe and won a Theatre World Award for his performance in Black And Blue . Summers made his Broadway debut in Dreamgirls and later appeared in his own one-man show, Sweet Dreams, as well as Mama I Want To Sing and Miss Margarida's Way.
New Professional Theatre was founded by Producing Artistic Director, Sheila Kay Davis, and centers most of its functions around its annual "Writer's Festival," where excerpts from winning scripts are performed.
-- By David Lefkowitz