JC Hayward and Triscina Grey Host the Black Women Playwrights' Group 19th Staged Reading at the Studio Theatre

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The Black Women Playwrights' Group, a service advocacy group for playwrights of color, celebrates its 19th Anniversary with a staged reading. The reading, Shades of Change, features work from seven group members, and covers themes from the pulpit to the Bid Whisk table. It will be hosted by J C Hayward, of WUSA 9 on June 23; and Triscina Grey, of WHUR on June 24, at the Studio Theatre.

The Black Women Playwrights' Group (BWPG), a service advocacy group for playwrights of color, celebrates its 19th Anniversary with a staged reading. The reading, Shades of Change, features work from seven group members, and covers themes from the pulpit to the Bid Whisk table. It will be hosted by J C Hayward, of WUSA 9 on June 23rd; and Triscina Grey, of WHUR on June 24, at the Studio Theatre, located at 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $40 before June 6, $45 thereafter, and can be purchased at http://www.InstantSeats.com. A group rate of $28 is available for groups of (5) or more, and $20 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

The plays featured are pieces that were presented by group members during the 2007-2008 season. The amazing excerpts will have audiences laughing, crying and reflecting, as the extraordinary and ordinary represent the many Shades of Change. The showcase includes: My Souls' Been Anchored, by Jennifer Ashburn; Positive, a monologue from the play Lock-In, by Sheritha Bowman; The Neighborhood Watch, by Joy Hunter Carroll; Dainty Women Wear Jock Straps, by Pat Crews; Greens: The Musical, by Louise Gray; and Bid Whiskey, by Lois A. Wiley.

The Black Women Playwrights' Group was founded in 1989. Members range from the very young writer, to those who have been nationally recognized for the excellence of their work. The purpose of the organization is to support, promote and refine the work of its members. BWPG offers a unique opportunity for members to work as a collective, moving each other to higher levels of expression.

The Black Women Playwrights' Group is funded by BNA, the Cafritz Foundation, Chevy Chase Bank, Citibank, Comcast, The Dreyfus Foundation, The Ford Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts, The Washington Post, and The Weissberg Foundation. To find out more about the group go to http://www.blackwomenplaywrights.org or call 202.635.BWPG.

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