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Invisi(bilty), a Work in Progress and Talkback with Playwright in Residence Nikki Brake-Sillá
September 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Nikki Brake-Sillá will read excerpts from her work in progress “Invisi(bility)” which strives to illuminate race as a phenotypic construct. The play brings disability into conversation with the current state of a “post” racial America when Gabriela Johnson, a Black attorney with Crohn’s disease and lupus, argues for Blackness to be included amongst the list of disabilities covered in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Join Nikki as she shares her work and invites the audience for feedback.REGISTER HERE
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Nikki Brake-Sillá is a playwright and filmmaker. She is the Founder of DrAW (Dramatists At War) and an inaugural member of Jouska PlayWorks. Nikki’s full-length plays include TROUBLE OF THE WORLD, Finalist (Terrance McNally Award, Lark Apothetae, Space on Ryder – Family Residency), Semi-Finalist (O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Festival); DEAR ANN, Residency (The Mitten Lab), Semi-Finalist (Premiere Stages); IN DEFENSE OF OURSELVES, Commission (Philadelphia Women’s Theater); and, GTFOH. Her full-length narrative, A WEATHERING, was a Semi-Finalist (Middlebury Scriptlab) and Second Round Selection (Sundance Narrative Lab). L&D, a one-hour pilot, was a 2021 Semi-Finalist (The Orchard Project and Middlebury TV Scriptlab). A.M.A. – AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE (monologue) was selected for Annenberg’s Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2021 and was a Semi-Finalist at The Black Motherhood & Parent New Play Festival.
Nikki has received funding from The Sachs Foundation, RECPhilly – Black Music City, The Puffin Foundation, The Lark, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and the Regional Center for Women Artists. Nikki received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from the City College of New York. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Directors Gathering. ginifilms.com
Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.