As a part of its mission to produce work that is relevant and responsive to the community, Plowshares Theatre Company is encouraging playwrights from near and far who wish to participate in a Black History Month presentation of original plays in honor of the Flint Water Crisis. The program entitled, Flint Rising. Each play will have themes of social justice, water rights, negligence or storylines that speak to environmental racism, the failure of a government to its people, or the needs of a community in the face of insurmountable odds. Our goals are to remind people of the Flint Water Crisis, raise public awareness and support those who have been suffering since April 25, 2014. 

The theatre isn’t always nimble in addressing current events or trending subjects. However, this event is designed to create a forum for dialogue and action. A play reading is an intimate way for local writers to create small pieces around a common theme that are performed by other artists and communities that can strengthen the talents of all. 

Up to six plays will be chosen to receive a staged reading in February 24-25 2018. Scripts need to be received by January 24, 2018Each script will receive a staged reading. Those playwrights chosen will collaborate with some of the best in Detroit’s professional theater community. Only scripts with a self-addressed stamped envelope will be returned. Notification will be sent via email.

Send Manuscripts to:
Attn: Flint Rising
Plowshares Theatre Company
440 Burroughs St.
Suite 185
Detroit, MI 48202

Email: for more information.


About Plowshares: Since 1994, Plowshares has been soliciting and developing new plays by African-American writers from across the nation and promote these new scripts to professional, community and college theatres through its New Griots Play Development Program. The goal of New Griots is to significantly enhance the quality and number of producible African American-written plays.

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