Every Thursday New Stage will release a Virtual Play Reading or a New Stage Dialogue. The plays will be original new works presented as part of the Eudora Welty New Plays Series or Mississippi themed plays for the Mississippi Play Series. The New Stage Dialogue will include conversations with New Stage artists and community partners on a variety of topics in relation to New Stage productions. The virtual series continues New Stage’s mission to develop original, and Mississippi themed work, and enables the theatre to keep employing artists. These online experiences are a project of the new Thursday Night Plays, Conversations & Cocktails with New Stage Theatre Series that debuted in September! We’ll also share a signature cocktail recipe that connects to the evening’s play or topic. These will all be ONLINE events.
NEW: A limited number of free tickets will be available by calling the box office at 601-948-3533. Online tickets will be by suggested donation only ($5, $10 or $25) are available by simply clicking to our Box Office or call 601-948-3533. Registration is Required. Receive a direct link to that night’s online experience on the day of the performance. Let’s gather together!
New Stage Theatre continues Thursday Nights Virtual Plays, Conversations, & Cocktails with a play reading of Love Be Like by Clinnesha Dillon Sibley. It’s 2015, the world is falling, hate crimes are increasing, and everyone’s questioning religion; but when nine churchgoers are targeted and murdered in a mass shooting during a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina, a traumatized African-American couple is forced to reckon with faith, fear, and forgiveness in the digital age.
Sibley will be joining the company for a post reading discussion. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments through the chat feature. The virtual series continues New Stage’s mission to develop original, and Mississippi themed work, and enables the theatre to keep employing artists.
Clinnesha D. Sibley is a literary artist, educator, and humanities scholar. Her play Uprooted was in the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival and later appeared at The Cell Theatre in New York and the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas. Other playwriting credits include: Tell Martha Not to Moan (Penumbra Theatre, Athena Project Arts Festival, The Union for Contemporary Arts), Naked: What Women and Their Bodies Represent to America (The Joust Theatre), Bridges (Black and Brown Theatre) and Play Dead (Art House Production’s In Full Color Celebration of Women). She is the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award, Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Award, an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, a National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellowship, and an Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) Award in Creative Writing. She has been a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and for the Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference Playwriting Award. Her writing has also appeared in national literary journals, anthologies, and publications including HowlRound, Black Acting Methods, HerStry, Feels Blind Literary, Quince Magazine, and Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama. She holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Arkansas and a BA from Tougaloo College. Clinnesha is currently the literary arts instructor at Mississippi School of the Arts.