"Almost September" at Arkansas Repertory Theatre

First script ever to be read at the "Voices at the River New Play Development Program for African American and Latino Playwrights"
In addition to the South Bay’s own Luis Valdez, Lynn Nottage was honored at this inaugural Festival on the way to Africa for final research of her subsequently Pulitzer Prize winning "Ruined"
Phillip E Walker directed Mikie Grant, Jerome Preston Bates, Shannon Lamb and D. DeLance Minefee in the original "Almost September" reading
Calling the experience "beautiful", two time TONY Award nominee, Grammy, Drama Desk, OBIE, NAACP Image, etc. winner Micki Grant led the Play reading's original cast. Five time ADELCO award winning Jerome Preston Bates (who played in the original Broadway production of August Wilson's "Seven Guitars") read Jessie opposite Shannon Lamb's Jean, following her appearance in the Sundance Film Festival. Stage directions were read by D. DeLance Minefee who was seen as Zero in Disney's "Holes".
Other Reading
Playwright Ajene D. Washington directed the script's second reading for Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Gurfein Foundation Nozake Shange Play Reading Series in Manhattan
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