Month: February 2017

The Playwright’s Process into History Detectives

  By Kurt Dana Maxey Writing a play is the continual process of writing and re-writing.  Playwrights tend to strive for a perfection that might not ever exist.  Since man is not perfect, how can we expect such for a play?  What is viewed as a universal truth by one person might not be seen that way by another.  Let me be perfectly clear about one thing:  It is the playwright’s responsibility to affect the hearts and minds of his audience.  They must leave the theater feeling something. When I first got into The Robey Theatre Playwright’s Program, it...

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Serving and Developing New Plays

  by Dylan Southard The Playwright’s Lab at The Robey Theatre Company has been in existence for many years, serving to develop new plays and new voices that speak to the black experience, both in this country and throughout the world. The lab is dedicated to new work and so has been crafted to help playwrights of all levels of experience to take their ideas from the earliest stages and build them up all the way to completed drafts. The lab consists of ten-week sessions. We meet once a week for three hours on Saturday mornings at the Robey offices located...

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A Vessel for Growth and Achievement

  by Leon Banks When I first contacted Ben Guillory, Producing Artistic Director at The Robey Theatre Company, I was on a mission.  A mission to find a place I called home where I felt comfortable as an actor, a place where I could learn, grow and make mistakes without being judged.  Mr. Guillory’s first words to me were “All you need to know is that ‘The Robey’ is exactly where you belong, your sensibilities are a priority, not an afterthought”. Those words were present from day one, not only in Mr. Guillory’s teachings but within our meeting space....

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Lessons Learned

  by Ben Guillory – Producing Artistic Director Congratulations to the Empowerment Congress, Los Angeles County and communities throughout the nation that picked up the mantel and built models emulating the vision of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for empowering people in their own neighborhoods.  It is a grand and great accomplishment and your breadth and depth of accomplishment over the last 25 years is truly extraordinary. The Robey Theatre Company is pleased and privileged to have been a part of this celebration and proud to make a contribution to its presentation. It should be said that viewing the 25 years...

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