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Black Stories Black Voices

“Barter’s Black in Appalachia Initiative (BIAI) has a new name! We have found that the growth of the Initiative is encompassing Appalachian stories, and stories beyond the region as well. The new name is Black Stories Black Voices (BSBV). The name change leans in to our full mission which is to tell and amplify Black stories and 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 this region and for this region.”

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

EVENTS BY BLACK STORIES BLACK VOICES

Shine: Illuminating Black Stories

February 26th, 5pm at Gilliam Stage 

Join us for readings of the monologues selected for 2023’s SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories, free of charge! SHINE is an annual evening of storytelling that explores the Black experience in Appalachia, curated by Barter’s Black Stories Black Voices. Using prompts derived from our local Black community and Appalachian region, Black playwrights from across the country submit original monologues to be performed and directed by our artists. SHINE always provides an unforgettable experience to our audiences, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the Black artists of our region! More information.

More 2023 Events Coming Soon!

PAST EVENTS & GALLERY

Shine: Illuminating Black Stories, April 2022

An evening of storytelling that explores the Black experience in Appalachia while celebrating the work of its Black theatre artists. Six Black playwrights from across the country presented monologues inspired by this collection, performed by Rita Cole and Vince McGill.

Free Monologue Writing Workshop, September 2022

Playwright Quinton Cockrell (winner of Barter’s 2021 BSBV full-length play competition) shared tips on how to write a great monologue with aspiring BIPOC writers in a virtual writing workshop.

Community Night of The Royale, October 2022

BIPOC community members, students, artists, journalists and theater lovers of all kinds were invited to a special discounted (for BIPOC only) showing and hosted talk-back for The Royale by Marco Ramirez at Barter’s Smith Theatre. The Royale follows Jay “The Sport” Jackson, who dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion in the racially segregated world of boxing in 1905.

WRITING RESOURCES

2023 Resources Coming Soon!

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
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 written using prompts below.
  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.

Please submit monologues to: tjackson@bartertheatre.com

Submissions for 2023 have been closed. Stay tuned for next year’s submission deadlines!

5-7 monologues will be selected to be performed during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (Jan./Feb. 2023 – date TBD)

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 Appalachian playwright each year.

Past BSBV Selects for AFPP:

2023 – The Transported Man by Russell Nichols

2022 – Fish-Tales & Legendary Lies by Anthony Mapp

2021 – City Limits by Quinton Cockrell

Full Length Play Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright or the plays must be set in the Appalachian Region.  See here for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission:  https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Plays must be full length.
  • Plays must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically.

Please submit plays to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Submissions for 2023 have been closed. Stay tuned for next year’s submission deadlines!

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