Playwrights Respond to Black Lives Matter in The Every 28 Hour Plays

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50 short plays, including works by Dominique Morisseau and Lynn Nottage, will be presented on the New York stage next week.
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The New Group, Labyrinth Theater Company, and Working Theater have teamed together to present selections from The Every 28 Hours Plays, a collection of one-minute plays centered on the current Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements.

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The free, one-night-only event on November 7 will take place at The Bank Street Theater, located at 155 Bank Street, New York, at 6 PM and 8:30 PM. Approximately 50 plays will be shared throughout the evening, including one-minute works by Keith Josef Adkins, Zakkiyyah Alexander, Kristoffer Diaz, Colman Domingo, Amina Henry, Chisa Hutchinson, David Henry Hwang, Nambi E. Kelley, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Nikkole Salter, Robert Schenkkan, and many others. A company of volunteer directors and actors will also participate.

Originally co-organized by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and One Minute Play Festival, The Every 28 Hours Plays is a collection of 72 one-minute plays written by playwrights from all over the country in response to the events in Ferguson, MO, in August 2014. The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and the statistic that every 28 hours, a Black person is the victim of systemic violence somewhere in the United States, prompted the artistic response.

Both presentations of The Every 28 Hour Plays on November 7—the eve of the presidential election—will be followed by a discussion on how art/activism can impact the conversation around Black Lives Matter.

Seating is free, but limited. RSVP is required to For more information visit

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