New Works Festival this weekend! (online)

Celebrate the development of NC playwrights this weekend!

Tune in to the first annual Sips & Scripts New Works Festival, produced in partnership with the Capital Arts Theatre Guild.

5 full-length original plays by 5 North Carolina-based playwrights will be staged (book-in-hand readings) at the Theatre Raleigh Arts Center on September 10-12, 2021. The live, on-stage presentations will be streamed to the Sips & Scripts YouTube Channel (see more info below).

Playwrights: Judy Dove, Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Carol Torian, Tamara Kissane, and Adrienne Earle Pender.

I am so thrilled and grateful that my script NICE WHITE PARENTS 2016 is being included in this festival. It’s amazingly helpful to have a new script treated seriously by a cast and a director, despite it being still raw and unformed. I’m feeling deep gratitude for this process and the people and the time and investment in new plays here in NC.

Heartfelt thanks to Charlie Brady, Yvette Holder, Elaine Petrone, Ali Evarts, Joy Bryant, Ben Apple, Hazel Edmond, JaJuan Cofield, Julie Oliver, David Klionsky, Chloe Oliver, Pimpila Violette, Immanuel Njaambuthi, Norah Myer, and all of the panelists and feedback-givers. Thank you!

I hope you’ll watch NWP ’16 and the 4 other amazing plays too, written by great NC playwrights too. Catch the live readings streaming online starting tomorrow thru this weekend. My piece will be performed on Sunday, September 12 at 1pm.

General Festival Info and descriptions of plays and playwrights.

Synopsis of NICE WHITE PARENTS 2016:

Second graders initiate a Black Lives Matter march around the elementary school. How will their parents react? Inspired by real events, NICE WHITE PARENTS 2016 is a time capsule-dreammare-cautionary tale that pokes at impact vs. intention, and considers what we lose and who we hurt when White parents hide behind the easy identity of ‘nice.’

YOUTUBE LINK to NICE WHITE PARENTS 2016 performance on Sunday, September 12 at 1pm

Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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