E.S.T's River Fest Of African-American Women Playwrights Ends Feb. 20

News   E.S.T's River Fest Of African-American Women Playwrights Ends Feb. 20 Going to the River, a celebration of the work of African-American women playwrights France-Luce Benson, Stephanie Berry, Dhana-Marie Branton, Charlotte A. Gibson, Nancy Giles, T. Tara Turk and Shay Youngblood, ends Feb. 20 at New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre. The second annual festival of staged readings and performances by African American women, features Lost Creek Township, Notes of a Negro Neurotic and a Town Hall Meeting moderated by AUDELCO winning actress Elizabeth Van Dyke.

Going to the River, a celebration of the work of African-American women playwrights France-Luce Benson, Stephanie Berry, Dhana-Marie Branton, Charlotte A. Gibson, Nancy Giles, T. Tara Turk and Shay Youngblood, ends Feb. 20 at New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre. The second annual festival of staged readings and performances by African American women, features Lost Creek Township, Notes of a Negro Neurotic and a Town Hall Meeting moderated by AUDELCO winning actress Elizabeth Van Dyke.

The final two readings will be:

Feb. 19 & 20: Talking Bones by Shay Youngblood (Square Blues)
Feb. 19 & 20: Five Rooms of Furniture by Dhana-Marie Branton

The series began Feb. 12 when Van Dyke brought together a panel of women producers, directors, playwrights, actors, literary managers and agents to discuss recent triumphs and what the future will hold for African American women. Slated for the roundtable are producer Elizabeth I. McCann, director Seret Scott, Public Theatre producer Rosemarie Tichler, New York Theatre Workshop associate artistic director Linda Chapman, Tribeca Arts producer Linda Herring, writer-performer Giles, agent Wendy Streeter, playwright Cassandra Medley and agent Cheryl Andrews.

The other concert readings schedule follows: Feb. 13 & 14: The Shaneequa Chronicles by Stephanie Berry
Feb. 15 & 16: Lost Creek Township by Charlotte A. Gibson (Dawn and Still Dark)
Feb. 17 & 18: Notes of a Negro Neurotic by Nancy Giles (Black Comedy -- The Wacky Side of Racism)


Two readings took place in the Sixth Floor Series, Feb. 13 and 18. First was Silence of the Mambo by France-Luce Benson, followed by If Eve Left by T. Tara Turk.

Suggested donation is $7. For more information or reservations, call (212) 247-4982. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street.

-- By Christine Ehren