Aziza Barnes’ BLKS Begins Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Aziza Barnes’ BLKS Begins Off-Broadway
The new play, which follows a trio of friends over the course of a New York City day, premieres at MCC April 23.
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Alfie Fuller, Paige Gilbert, and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Performances begin April 23 for the Off-Broadway premiere of BLKS by poet and playwright Aziza Barnes, directed by Robert O’Hara. Set over the course of a day as humorous as it is painful, the new play follows a trio of 20somethings hunting for intimacy and purpose in New York City.

The cast is led by School Girls' Paige Gilbert, Is God Is' Alfie Fuller, and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka) as Octavia, Imani, and June. They drink a lot. They smoke a lot. They try to have sex...a lot.

Rounding out the cast Off-Broadway are Marié Botha, Chris Myers, and Coral Peňa.

The MCC Theater production is playing in the Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, where it will officially open May 9.

The production features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, and casting by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, CSA, William Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA. The production stage manager is Brett Anders.

The world premiere of BLKS was produced and presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. The play was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

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