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AMERICAN THEATRE | Matt Barbot Receives Fee From Miami New Drama and the Black Checklist


LOS ANGELES and MIAMI: The Black Checklist and Miami New Drama have introduced that Matt Barbot will obtain a $10,000 fee to work alongside the creative group at Miami New Drama on the writing and growth of a brand new play. The Miami New Drama x Black Checklist Playwriting Fee, because it’s referred to as, is the primary of 4 commissions to be made in a partnership program the Black Checklist introduced earlier this yr, within the screenwriting platform’s first foray into theatre.

Matt Barbot.

For his fee, Barbot will work with Miami New Drama on a brand new play that displays their mission to provide work as various, multicultural, and multilingual as their South Florida group. As the biggest bilingual theatre firm in America, Miami New Drama helps writers who perceive, and are all in favour of exploring, the distinctive sensibilities of a metropolis like Miami and its connection to the bigger nationwide dialog.

“We’re extremely thrilled to be working with the Black Checklist and with Matt,” mentioned Michel Hausmann, Miami New Drama’s creative director, in an announcement. “It’s such a useful a part of our mission to proceed to assist open doorways for writers, and Matt is the proper collaborator for the sphere we search to assist create. We can not wait to see what the fruits of this collaboration carry.”

Added Black Checklist founder Franklin Leonard in an announcement, “Clearly, that is the primary partnership the Black Checklist has achieved within the theatre world, so it’s extremely thrilling to verify the Black Checklist’s capacity to seek out nice writers and join them with alternatives that befit their expertise right here as nicely. I couldn’t be extra excited to learn what Matt writes for Miami New Drama, and you will see that me there opening night time of previews, at any time when that occurs.”

Miami New Drama chosen Barbot on the power of his play El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, which received the Kennedy Heart’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award in 2017. The play facilities on Alex, a comic book artist who secretly worries he’s not Puerto Rican sufficient, and who has created a superhero that embodies all the pieces he thinks it means to be Puerto Rican: El Coquí Espectacular. Barbot, a Nuyorican author from Brooklyn, just lately workshopped his new performs the gorgeous land i search (la linda tierra que busco yo) at Fault Line Theatre, and Trilogy, a fee for Two River Theater, each with director José Zayas. Barbot additionally wrote Spray Cap for Lynn Nottage and Miranda Haymon’s The Watering Gap on the Signature Theatre in New York.

The Miami New Drama x the Black Checklist Playwriting Fee is certainly one of 4 playwriting commissions launched by the Black Checklist in January. The others introduced have been to be in partnership with the Motion Theater Firm, Victory Gardens, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Firm. The Black Checklist has introduced that they’re extending the submission window for the Woolly Mammoth commissions by Apr. 2, 2023.

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