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Staged reading of the 2018 LezPlay contest winner set for Saturday, Jan.19

CHICAGO — Sharece M. Sellem’s Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep, the winning entry in Pride Films and Plays’ 2018 LezPlay Contest, will be performed in a public staged reading on Saturday, January 19, at 2:30 pm at Pride Arts Center. Sellem’s script, a drama set in Harlem just before the stock market crash of 1929, was one of 50 entries in the competition and is receiving a series of developmental workshops leading up to the January 19 public reading. The reading will be directed by Myesha-Tiara McGarner, a Chicago director and actress whose acting credits include Wedding Band with The Artistic Home Ensemble. Tickets to the reading are $11 and can be purchased in advance at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10365827 or at the door.

Pride Films and Plays’ annual LezPlay Contest honors excellence in storytelling by playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women and who present lesbian characters and themes in a pivotal, positive way. For the 2018 competition, Allison Fradkin, LezPlay’s Literary Coordinator, assembled a reading team of industry professionals who served as adjudicators for the contest, evaluating the entries for concept and originality, structure, plot, dialogue, character development, and lesbian content.  Out of 50 script entries, 10 proceeded to the semifinals, 5 advanced to the finals, and 1 entered the winner’s circle.

Other entries in the 2018 LezPlay Contest were:

Semifinalists

ALWAYS SOMETHING LEFT TO LOVE by Alyson Mead

D/O/B by Dara Levendosky

FOR THE PEOPLE by Carol Mullen

INVISIBLE ROOMMATE by Lillian Schley

THE RUNAWAY GAME: A LOVE SONG FOR INSOMNIACS by Leni Krivy

Finalists

FAGGOTS ON PARADE by Massi Monfiletto

GOD’S NECKLACE by Morgan Kinnally

JUST ONE LOOK by Karen L. Lewis

PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN’S TEARS by Katherine Gwynn

LEZPLAY STAGED READING

Daisies on Harlem’s Doorstep

By Sharece M . Sellem

Directed by Myesha-Tiara McGarner

Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 2:30 pm

Pride Arts Center – The Buena, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago

All seats $11.00.

Tickets available by phone at (866) 811-4111 or online at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10365827.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Sharece M. Sellem is a playwright, choreographer, director, and performing arts instructor based out of New Haven. She trained at American Intercontinental University’s Media Production Program, Bryn Mawr’s Headlong Performance Institute, and Yale’s Practical Approach to Directing Summer Program.

Her writing credits include Hope High: Class Of ’84, Legends Of The Forgotten Borough, and Becoming La Baker, as well as five plays for young audiences. In 2018, her play Dreams In Detention was selected for New Route Theatre’s Black Voices Matter Festival, and her play Biscuits & Bacon, adapted from DAISIES On Harlem’s Doorstep, was featured in Pride Films & Plays’ History Lezons festival of short Sapphic scripts. Visit her online at VintageSoulProductions.com.

Myesha-Tiara McGarner is pleased to be making her Pride Films and Play directorial debut with the staged reading of Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep. In Chicago, she recently served as Assistant Director of The Little Foxes at Citadel Theatre Company.

She was also director of Skin Deep at The Artistic Home’s Cut to the Chase One-Act Fest, Some Day (staged reading) at The Rockwell Theatre Bandits’ Ravenswood New Play Fest, and Somewhere In Uptown for Collaboraction’s Peacebook Festival. She received her degree in Theatre and Directing from Northwestern State University. Louisiana directing credits include Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls… at the Jack Wann Theatre (2014 Bella Awards Outstanding Student Director), The Trip To Bountiful at New Venture Theatre (AD), and The Rocky Horror Show at Theatre West (AD). She is represented by NV Talent. Visit her online at myesha-tiara.com.

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