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Theater Talks: Tarell Alvin McCraney and Donja R. Love

Playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney and Donja R. Love will join us for an evening exploring the impact of black queer voices in theater and the power of diverse narratives to propel humanity forward. Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. His play CHOIR BOY will make its Broadway premiere at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Donja R. Love is an Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker from Philadelphia. He's the recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow. Love’s Sugar in Our Wounds has a 2018 World Premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club's Studio Stage II in June.

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Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early. 

Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

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