“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” -Zora Neale Hurston. FRUIT workshop at the Commons The hesitant rediscovery of one’s body. The power-hungry dominance that looms over a neighborhood. Therapy. Addiction. And
Carter Godwin Woodson was a historian, journalist, and the creator of “Negro History Week,” which later became Black History Month. Carter was born in New Canton, Virginia on December 19th, 1875. He was the son of formerly enslaved James and
Mabel & Robert Williams Traditionally, when researching the more militant efforts of the civil rights era, people tend to cite Robert Williams and may exclude his wife, Mabel. In fact, Mabel Williams may be one of the lesser-known figures we
Patrisse Cullors is a queer performance artist, educator, activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Cullors was born and raised in Los Angeles California, one of 9 children, and came out as queer at the age of 16.
Zora Neale Hurston: Rescued from Obscurity Just over three years ago, I completed my collection of Zora Neale Hurston’s books. Like many, I began my journey with Hurston’s work by reading Their Eyes Were Watching God in high school. My
Alicia Garza is a queer, intersectional feminist writer, activist and co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She is credited with sparking the movement with a Facebook post regarding George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. She posted “Black
If you’re not familiar with this genius of a man by now then I’m questioning your very existence, and the meaning of your life. Sound harsh? Maybe. But I’ll explain further. Today BRTW salutes the one and only Donald Glover!
Let’s have an honest conversation about Nat Turner. Is he a religious zealot or serial killer? The State of Virginia described a crazed drapetomaniac. Some historians wonder if he was a patsy. Many of us recognize him as a revolutionary.
Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop presents FRUIT BRTW brings FRUIT to Brooklyn! After stops at colleges in the Tristate area, Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop brings their new piece, FRUIT, to The Commons. An unflinching new look into rape culture, gender, sexuality,
Opal Tometi is a writer, immigrant rights activist, and, most prominently, one of the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Born in 1984 to Nigerian immigrant parents, Tometi is regarded as a Transnational feminist. She received her B.A. in History and
Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop honors BHM Hero: James Baldwin How do you know James Baldwin? Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of success is one’s significance to many different fields, perspectives, and identities. My first introduction to James Baldwin
When I was growing up in the 90’s, there were few absolutist figures. By that, I mean the type of personalities whom an adult could invoke with the understanding that they were not to be questioned. In my house, these
Sergio Peñaloza Pérez is an Afro-Mexican activist and founder of México Negro A.C., a group that fights for civil rights and aid for African Descendant Mexicans. In 2015, thanks to the efforts of Pérez and México Negro, Afro-Mexicans were finally
I’m very much in the mood to stick to revolutionary Black playwrights. So, I will. I started off this week with my main man, Tarell Alvin McCraney. Now it’s time to bring it home. On this day BRTW salutes Marcus
In our second year of celebrating Black History Month Heroes, some trends have probably become apparent. We tend to recognize Black people who took a political stand, either as a conscious activist effort or within the arts. We specifically recognize
“Uncle Tom’s Children,” “Black Boy”, “Native Son.” Today BRTW celebrates Richard N. Wright! Believe it or not, I became familiar of Wright’s work a few years ago when I got the chance to portray him in a play. I know,right?
Willmer “Little Ax” Broadnax was a popular American gospel singer, member of one of the most popular gospel quartets in gospel history, and a trans man. Born in Houston Texas in 1916, Willmer was assigned female at birth. His family,
If you’ve seen the beautiful, heart-wrenching film that is, Moonlight, then you’re already aware of this man’s brilliance. Barry Jenkins wrote and directed the film Moonlight, but it was adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look
Contrary to the popular narrative, there were more Black women actively involved in the American Civil War than Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. While both of these extraordinary Black women deserve their accolades and should be celebrated with more accurate,
BRTW Presents FRUIT in a series of readings starting in February, 2017 The hesitant rediscovery of one’s body. The power-hungry dominance that looms over a neighborhood. Therapy. Addiction. And a walk of shame the distance of one side of the
BRTW presents Summoned at Nora’s Playhouse Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, LLC is proud to present Summoned by BRTW ensemble member, Sheyenne Javonne Brown. A modern adaptation of the timeless myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the Black Live’s Matter movement in
BRTW presents REVOLUTION at HERE Arts Center After a successful Northeast tour, Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop is bringing REVOLUTION to HERE Arts Center for its NYC Premiere. “It reaches into the audience and slams them on the ground. It’s a spiritual powerhouse –
Summoned at the Brooklyn Commons Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, LLC is proud to present Summoned by BRTW ensemble member, Sheyenne Javonne Brown. A modern adaptation of the timeless myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the Black Live’s Matter movement in
Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop is one year old! We’re walking, talking, and touring! In celebration of our fledgling company’s first birthday, we’re publishing a series of blog posts about BRTW, art, revolution, and where we’re heading in the 2016-17 season. Revolutionary
BRTW is a year old! We’re walking, talking, and traveling! In celebration of our fledgling company’s first birthday, we’re publishing a series of blog posts about BRTW, art, revolution, and where we’re heading in the 2016-17 season. When Black Artists