Kim Euell, director of the Mark Taper Forum's Blacksmyths Play Development and Playwrights Lab, has announced the schedule for the upcoming Juneteenth reading series. This year's festival will present plays by seven African-American playwrights at two venues over four days: June 11 at the Mark Taper Forum Annex (601 W. Temple St. in downtown L.A.) and June 16-18 at the Greenaway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Ave. on the campus of Fairfax High School).
The series will open June 11 at 4 PM with The Giver by Kim Dunbar in which an expatriate African-American woman returns to confront the wealthy woman for whom her now deceased mother worked as a maid. Kira Arne's Baby Jane's Shangri-La, a comic peek behind the scenes at a neighborhood peep show, follows at 7 PM.
Other playwrights represented in the festival include Eugene Lee, Dig Wayne, Hallie S. Hobson and Marcia L. Leslie.
All readings are free but reservations are recommended and available by calling (213) 972-8023.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent