CREATED BY L MORGAN LEE & RAJA FEATHER KELLY
FEATURING WORK BY KIRSTEN CHILDS, DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI, DONNETTA LAVINIA GRAYS, CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON, BIANCA LEIGH, CARMEN LOBUE & NIA WITHERSPOON
DIRECTED BY RAJA FEATHER KELLY
FEATURING DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI, KIM EXUM, JORDAN HO, LACRETTA, L MORGAN LEE, RONALD PEET, ANEESH SHETH
What does it mean to be a woman? What are the societal and gender expectations put on women? What are the obstacles? What are the beauty standards? Why is it so commonly through the eyes of men that women are defined? What does sisterhood look like? What happens when you allow women to tell their own stories? show their own truth? share their own light? Actress L Morgan Lee and raja feather kelly ask a group of writers from a variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences to ponder on this. This is a look in at a rehearsal of the first step in the development of a play, based around these conversations.
Joe Exotic NBCUniversal
"NBCUniversal is going all in for Joe Exotic (working title), UCP’s limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon, which has received a joint straight-to-series order by the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming divisions. In a sign of things to come for vertically integrated media companies, the high profile limited series is getting an unprecedented rollout across three different NBCU entertainment platforms, a broadcast network, NBC, a streamer, Peacock, and a basic cable network, USA." - DEADLINE
Coming to You Live: Play At Home!
In March 2020 a bunch of theaters* (Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Woolly Mammoth) were producing plays, business as usual, when a global pandemic had other plans. Prioritizing the safety of their communities, they made difficult decisions to cease or postpone programming for the remainder of their seasons. But the story doesn’t end there. With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, they came together to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.
Each theatre has commissioned multiple playwrights to write ten-minute plays under the assumption that these will be read alone or aloud with loved ones, but never produced, allowing these playwrights to dream big and write joyful plays that may contain elements that could not be reproduced for the stage. Each play will be ten minutes or less. ABOUT THE PLAY!
Take a groovy trip with original music from some of your favorite Funk, Soul and R&B artists: The Fairy Queens! The Mechanicals! And more! A nationally televised interstellar soul-filled extravaganza. Coming to you live straight from your living room.
Donnetta returns as Sophia Collins for the second season of New Amersterdam with Ryan Eggold, Tyler Labine, Janet Montgomery and
See what happens when a new medical director is hired to run one of the most prominent hospitals in New
The fifth in the series will premiere works by Lloyd Suh, Lena Dunham, Christopher Oscar Peña, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, and Stephen Karam.
Founded by playwright Catya McMullen and director Jenna Worsham, The Homebound Project features a collection of new theatre works written by homebound playwrights and recorded by sheltering actors.
The Homebound Project grew from a desire to support frontline organizations by doing what we artists do best: creating and gathering, in newly imagined ways,” says Worsham. “The response from our artistic community of volunteers has been intense and moving. While theatres, schools, and our physical places of gathering may be empty, it’s clear that our imaginations are not. We are overwhelmed by the spirit of creative generosity that is filling the empty space.”
Our first ever virtual programming stream features breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices, spotlighting the nation’s premier ensemble theatre and available anywhere in the world. Our virtual stage will offer a dynamic and innovative slate of immersive and visual experiences, radio plays, bite-sized programming and episodic work created EXCLUSIVELY for the virtual platform. This one-of-a-kind experience is so unprecedented, even we don’t know what to expect. Steppenwolf NOW virtual memberships go on sale mid-September."
Production is underway for Y: The Last Man on FX. Donnetta is thrilled to have written Episode 104 for this series starring Diane Lane. Premieres Fall 2021!
22 Homes: Alabama Shakespeare Festival
ASF recently commissioned 22 Southern playwrights to each create original pieces on the theme of “home.” The playwrights collaborated with actors from around the country to bring these new works to life.
The "22 Homes" playwrights are Will Arbery, Audrey Cefaly, Pearl Cleage, Gloria Bond Clunie, Quinton Cockrell, Lisa D'Amour, Daryl Lisa Fazio, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Lauren Gunderson, Jireh Holder, Evan Linder, Addae Moon, David Lee Nelson, Jonathan Norton, Mary Lynn Owen, Topher Payne, Christina Quintana (CQ), Dana L. Stringer, Malcolm Tariq, Korde Arrington Tuttle, and Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. The project's playwrights represent Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
See Donnetta's piece SWEET performed by Martin K. Lewis HERE
The Paris Review Podcast
Donnetta joins LeVar Burton, Wallace Shawn , Dakota Johnson and a host of others who bring the first season of The Paris Review Podcast to life.
"An audio odyssey through the life and times of The Paris Review, featuring a phantasmagoric blend of classic stories and poems; interviews with the likes of James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, and Dorothy Parker; and new work and original readings by the cutting-edge writers of our time. Listen ad-free " - The Paris Review
Donnetta is featured on Episode 2: “Always Leaving”
A visit to Jack Kerouac’s house ends with the story of Buddha; Hailey Gates reads a poem by Erica Ehrenberg about love and moving on; and Donnetta Lavinia Grays reads “My Wife, In Converse,” Shelly Oria’s tale of marriage, poetry, and cooking class.