Frank Dobson is the executive director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University. A novelist and poet, Dobson is also part of the growing movement of black playwrights whose nascent works receive exposure via the African-American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX), a national clearinghouse with an active blog, uniting writers, actors and potential producers. Ripped from modern-day headlines, Dobsons new work-in-progress concerns the issues surrounding a young black athlete whose encounter with the law scuttles his opportunity for fame and money. The plays characters include the young mans agent, the female lawyer who befriends him, and the determined mother who seeks justice for her son and her family. This event is a reading only, directed by Shawn Whitsell and featuring Rashad Rayford, Molly Breen, Roman Bryant, Scott Russell and other actors. Admission is free but seating is limited. For reservations, phone 320-4651 or e-mail email@example.com. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Mon., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2009