10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival – Ballou High School, July 27th, 2018

 

Jah Kente International, Inc. (JKI) partnered the talented students of Ballou High School with DOES MBSYEP summer employees’ and The Jarmal Harris Project (JHP) DOES MBSYEP employees to present to the community a riveting, thought provoking 10 Minute Play Festival at Ballou High School.

Ballou HS students wrote the ten minute plays and MBSYEP employees auditioned as actors in each production.

JKI conducted 2 weeks of intensive social justice information workshops with  JHP’s DOES MBSYEP students were immersed in the history of Marcus Garvey, Julius Malema, Fannie Lou Hammer and the impact of political systems world-wide. The product of our collaboration was a piece, summer employees entitled “Black Gold”.  After the workshops each summer youth employee wrote his or her own piece.  The pieces where then, arranged to convey the trails and tribulation of a people’s struggle for freedom.  “Black Gold” was presented at the DOES MBSYEP Awards Ceremony and at Jah Kente’s 3rd Annual Ten Minute Play Festival summer 2018.

It is our desire to produce and present to our community the next set of new voices in the theater arts.

Below are brief descriptions of each upcoming playwright and the title of their 10 minute play.


Ballou HS Students Production — DSC-0155 11:36 JKI’s partnership with The Jarmal Harris Project Writers and Performers: Robert P. Williams, Jr., Dawntae Johnson, Stephen Tribitt, Susie Joseph, Vaugh Hall, Daiji The Dancer: “Black Gold”: Ballou HS Students Production — DSC-0155. This remarkable and powerful piece entitled, “Black Gold” will definitely make you think as the young people speak truth to power. This is a picture of DOES MBSYEP employees who participated in Jah Kente’s Ten Minute Play Festival at Ballou High School, July 27, 2018: 204 Ballou High School, National Collegiate Prep High School and The Jarmal Harris Project Summer Youth Employees.


Khaliah Smith:  193 “Loosing Hope”

Khaliah is a rising senior attending Ballou Senior High School.  She enjoys trying different foods.  However, her favorite is Caribbean roti.  Khaliah’s play is entitled “Loosing Hope” a real heart felt tear jerker.



Storm Counts:  194 “Torn”

Storm is a rising senior attending Ballou Senior High School.  She has written a seat gripping play entitled, “Torn”.  Storm is also a well rounded athlete, playing softball, bowling and more.  She plans to attend college 2019.


Kamari Arnold: 195, 198 “Learning to Let Go”

Kamari Arnold is a rising junior attending National Collegiate Prep.  Kamari enjoys singing and writing songs and poetry.  She has composed a play entitled, “Learning to Let Go”.  This play will be sure to warn your hearts.

The play opens with a piece written by poet Charnree Watts, DOES MBSYEP employee.

Ballou HS Students Production — DSC-0195 2:53

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Marcell Robinson, Jr.:  199 & 200 “Life Lessons”

Ballou HS Students Production — DSC 0199 2:13

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Marcell is a rising sophomore attending Ballou Senior High School.  He has created a play entitled, “Life Lessons”.  “Life Lessons” is sure to capture your heart and mind and force you to consider appreciating life and friendships.  In his free time, Marcell, becomes inspired by all genres of music.

Robert Smith, Jr., Dawntae , Stephen , Susie Joseph, Daji: 200 “Black Gold”

This remarkable and powerful piece entitled, “Black Gold” will definitely make you think as the young people speak truth to power.

This is a picture of DOES MBSYEP employees who participated in Jah Kente’s Ten Minute Play Festival at Ballou High School, July 27, 2018:  204

Ballou High School, National Collegiate Prep High School and The Jarmal Harris Project Summer Youth Employees

 

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