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Black Stories Black Voices

“Our mission is to tell and amplify Black stories and Black voices through playwriting, acting and all theatrical disciplines. With BSBV, we hope to help shine a light on the richness of the Black experience in the Appalachian region, and for this region, with plays, readings, and community engagement opportunities such as our post show events during our main stage season and our annual SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories event. Below you will be able to read more about our initiative, see our upcoming events, and find resources about our playwriting submissions.”

– Terrance Jackson, Director of Outreach & Barter’s Black Stories Black Voices

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EVENTS BY BLACK STORIES BLACK VOICES

FREE AT LAST?

Thursday, August 8th after the 7:30pm show of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION on Gilliam Stage

Barter Connects celebrates the 8th of August by welcoming Ron Carson, founder of the Appalachian African American Cultural Center, to its Gilliam Stage. Ron will join Terrance Jackson, Barter’s Director of BSBV, for a discussion on what freedom meant for the first to celebrate the 8th of August, and what it means for the Black community today. An important conversation you don’t want to miss!

PAST EVENTS GALLERY

SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories (Spring 2024)

Play Reading of TRAINS by Quinton Cockrell (Fall 2023)

SKELETON CREW Community Night (Summer 2023)

Play Reading of THE TRANSPORTED MAN by Russell Nichols (Spring 2023)

BSBV PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

May 22, 2024

A Heart Behind Bars: Preparing for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

February 21, 2024

Barter’s Black Stories Black Voices throws its 1st Community Event of 2024!

March 14, 2023

PBS NewsHour Features Barter Theatre!

February 21, 2023

American Theatre Magazine Features Barter Theatre’s Black Stories Black Voices!

WRITING RESOURCES & SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

BSBV’S MONOLOGUE COMPETITION

It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:

  • Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays
  • Create work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists
  • Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia

5-7 monologues will be selected a year to be performed at SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories, in April 2024.

Monologue Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)
    https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).
  • Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.
  • Monologues must be written using selected prompts.

Deadline for 2024 Submissions: CLOSED

Please submit monologues to: tjackson@bartertheatre.com

BSBV’S FULL PLAY SELECTIONS FOR AFPP

As part of our commitment to amplifying the voices of Black Appalachians, our annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) presents at least one play written by a Black playwright each year.

Past BSBV Selects for AFPP:

2023The Transported Man by Russell Nichols
2022 – Fish-Tales & Legendary Lies by Anthony Mapp
2021City Limits by Quinton Cockrell

Full Length Play Submission Guidelines

Deadline for 2025 Submissions: CLOSED

Please submit plays to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

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