Haitian American Columbia College Graduate Hosts the First Annual Conch Shell New Works Reading Series 3 new plays by 3 Caribbean

September 24 20:33 2019

NY, NY – Conch Shell Productions’ Haitian American Founder/Artistic Director, Magaly Colimon-Christopher, will be hosting Conch Shell New Works Reading Series showcasing stage readings of 3 new plays written by Caribbean-American writers: Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Nelson Diaz-Marcano, and Phanesia Pharel.

The series will take place in The Bruce Mitchell Room – 520 8th Avenue 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018. Show dates/times: October 6th 7:30pm; October 12th 4pm and 7pm. Moderated Q&A’s will follow each staged reading. Reservations are required.

Conch Shell Productions founder Magaly Colimon-Christopher was a member of Columbia College’s first graduating co-ed class.  She founded Conch Shell Productions (winner of Planet Connections Theater Festival Outstanding Production of a New Play Award) with one mission in mind:  to develop, workshop and produce new plays and screenplays by writers of Caribbean heritage living in America who have an expanded view of reality.

Magaly believes that art can and should provoke social change and inspire audiences to redefine their reality to find new ways of thinking when presented with challenges.  Conch Shell New Works Reading Series featured plays – “Lucky” by Haitian-American Barnard student playwright Phanesia Pharel’s; “Misfit, America: An American Western With Color” by  Puerto Rican American playwright Nelson Diaz-Marcano;  and “Destination Oooh, Aaah, Yummy” by Magaly Colimon-Christopher – possess those unique qualities.  Conch Shell New Works Reading Series is one of the events the production company produces to create a creative and unifying space for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of playwrights from the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures that have immigrated to the Americas.

Conch Shell New Works Readings Series is made possible (in part) by the 2020 Cycle 1 ARTNY Creative Space Grant

ABOUT THE PLAYS

Puerto Rican American  playwright Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s “Misfit, America: An American Western with Color” combines the magical realistic influences of Latin American literature with the Western genre popularized in the twentieth century to tell a tale that explores racism, the love that defines non-traditional family structures, and gender nonconformity.

Haitian American playwright/director Magaly Colimon-Christopher’s “Destination: Oooh Aaah Yummy” examines the complexities of women’s quest for joy and purpose.  Haitian American Phanésia Pharel’s “Lucky” is a story of a woman coming to terms with sexual trauma and discovering the power of healing through writing.  

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