RSVP for "The Better Prophecy" HERE
Make your $10 Suggested Donation HERE!

Monday, March 11, 2019 7:30pm
the cell
338 W. 23rd Street

b/t 8th and 9th Avenues


Set in 1968 Memphis, Tennessee, Duane Boutté's THE BETTER PROPHECY vividly presents a sanitation worker and his wife struggling to make ends meet and maintain dignity in the face of relentless racial injustice.  They represent a community whose plight against intimidation resonates far and wide, attracting a daring Visionary from Atlanta who seeks to harness the increasingly potent local energy for the betterment of the nation.


Arbender Robinson, Pernell Walker and Craig T. Williams

Directed by: Tonye Patano


Duane Boutté is a NY based actor, composer, and director.  His musical theatre collaborations include scores for Caravaggio Chiaroscuro (LaMama Etc.), Lyin' Up a Breeze (Second Stage, Fresno), and Bottoms Up: A Musicommedia (A.C.T.F. Award).  Boutté wrote the book and music for the one-act Thanks to the Lighthouse (New York City Parks and Recreation).  In addition to The Better Prophecy, he is currently writing his first full-length musical (untitled) as both composer and librettist.  Boutté's directing credits include L.O.L. (Algonquin Productions), Home (Rep Stage), Stalag 17 (Second Stage, Fresno), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Worcester Shakespeare Festival), Othello (Stella Adler Studio), Cabaret, and Fences (Illinois State University).  His acting credits include the landmark films Stonewall (1996 version), and Brother To Brother.  He has acted on Broadway (Carousel ['94] and Parade), Off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Public Theatre, Vineyard Theatre), and at regional theatres throughout the country.  Among his favorite roles performed are "Bayard Rustin" (Public Theatre, Woolley Mammoth, Berkeley Rep), "Orestes" (Berkeley Rep), "Mercutio" (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), "Louis Chauvin" (Playwrights Horizons), and "Charles Dickens" (Primary Stages, Cherry Lane Theater). He has taught acting at Illinois State University, Ramapo College, and the National Theatre Institute.   Website:

RSVP for "The Better Prophecy" HERE
Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild
RSVP for "Maybe a Mexican" HERE

Maybe a Mexican 
written by Toccara Castleman 


ABOUT THE PLAY: Set in the future, Maybe a Mexican follows the journey of Ernesto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American man who decides to run for President of the United States – asking not only what he can do for his country, but questioning what his country can do for him. On the way to the ballot, Ernesto is confronted with issues that trouble both the Latino and Black communities and must ultimately decide to whom he pledges his true allegiance: to Mexicans, Black America or his personal quest for justice.


Alex Perez as Ernesto Rodriguez 
Maria Peyramaure as Lorena Rodriguez 
Alberto Contreras as  Dennis  
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy as Helene 
Sam Ogilvie as Seth 
Lorenzo Landini as Mitch 
Steven Moskos as Jerry

Stage Directions – Sarah Adu 
Friday’s Community Night is in The Mary Rodgers Room
at The Dramatists Guild, located at 1501 Broadway
(b/t 43rd and 44th Streets)  

7th Floor' New York, NY 10036
RSVP for "Maybe a Mexican" HERE
Use Code BOARD20 to access $20 tickets

To purchase tickets online, use the following steps:
1.    Go to the show's website at
2.    Enter BOARD20 in the box that says "I have a promo code" underneath the calendar.
3.    Once the code has been accepted, click the date you want and this will take you to a seating chart and checkout page.
4.    Please note, seats will not appear until you enter the code.
To purchase tickets by phone, call 212.967.7555 and use the code w with the Call Center Representative.
Offer is valid for all public performances for up to (4) tickets, and is subject to availability. It may be revoked at any time.           
In February of 2017, Blackboard featured the first full-length reading of Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’ directed by Stevie Walker-Webb.  The 10-minute version of that play was part of that year’s “The Fire This Time Festival”.

Two years later, we are thrilled to offer a code for $20 tickets to the world premiere of the production at The Public Theater.  Last year, Ain’t No Mo’ was part of Public Studio at The Public Theater.

In addition to Jordan’s show, the Blackboard code can also be used for $20 tickets to the new Suzan-Lori Parks play, “White Noise”, directed by The Public’s own Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis.
Begins March 12
Written by Jordan E. Cooper
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
Featuring Jordan E. Cooper (Peaches), Marchánt Davis (Passenger 2), Fedna Jacquet (Passenger 1), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Passenger 5), Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Passenger 4), Simone Recasner (Passenger 3), and Hermon Whaley Jr. (Peaches Standby)
AIN’T NO MO’ is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of Black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice.

In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper’s extraordinary new work explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president.

Stevie Walker-Webb directs this wildly imaginative and emotionally charged new play.

Begins March 5
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Oskar Eustis
Featuring Daveed Diggs (Leo), Sheria Irving (Misha), Thomas Sadoski (Ralph), Zoë Winters (Dawn)
Following her critically-acclaimed trilogy FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/UnderdogIn The Blood) returns with a world premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract.

Long-time friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation.

The Public’s Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis (Julius Caesar, Public Works Twelfth Night), directs this fierce new drama about what happens when the unspoken and the unspeakable come head-to-head.
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