I am a recently retired African-American , Legal-Aid Criminal defense attorney who practiced in the Bronx for 33 years. After retirement, I wanted to pursue acting but after going to many auditions I realized that this dream may never come true, so I decided to write my own plays. My first one, is called the Hall of Justice, based on a true story of one of my clients who was falsely accused of Rape in the First degree, by a woman he did not know. It turns out, I like playwriting more than acting but if something interesting pops up I will take it. Member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, The Dramatists Guild, and the New York Bar Association.
MORE ABOUT ME:
If I could bring one change to the theatre, it would be more diversity, more inclusivity in accepting undiscovered playwrights. Things are changing but it's too slow. The Signature Theatre in New York, does some provocative plays, but always by the same African-American playwrights. Lynn Nottage, (don't get me wrong, she is my idol); Dominique Morriseau, Katori Hall, and Susan Lori Parks. The theatres will not take a chance on new playwrights. Although, Lynn Meadow, Artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, recently said they accept plays from unknown playwrights, when you look on their website, they specifically say they don't accept unsolicited scripts, so their actual diversity statement is a bag of air. This also goes for The Roundabout.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am reading about an African-American surgeon, medical professor, and the founder of plasma, Dr. Charles Drew. He died in a severe car accident when he was only 45. It is said that he was refused medical treatment because he was a Negro man, even though he looked white. After, I finish my research, then I will choose one aspect of his life that I think will make a "good" play.
Family, Mystery, People of Color, Inequality, Injustice
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