Theatre: PlaySlam

PlaySlam Takes the Stage

PlaySlam Takes the Stage

If you had 24 hours to come up with an original play would it be Tony award material or a beautiful disaster? Students from Morgan University and Towson University gathered together to put their creative ideas and insomnia to the test in the 24-hour PlaySlam. “The 24-hour PlaySlam is a chance to throw together a group of playwrights, directors and designers to see if they can last 24 hours,”  says Towson faculty producer David M. White. The plays debuted on Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m. at the Turpin-Lamb Theater on Morgan’s campus. Each play had its own unique flavor […]

by · October 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, SECTIONS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
Meet The Negro Nutcracker Team

Meet The Negro Nutcracker Team

Meet Wilton Howard, writer of  “The Negro Nutcracker” Wilton Howard, one of six writers and a senior history major at Morgan State Univeristy, was faced with the task of creating a play in 24- hours. He had a vision for his work that completely captured his audience and left members with a new point of view on who they are and how they go about viewing others. Howard’s play, “The Negro Nutcracker” ran last night in Morgan’s Turpin-Lamb Theater, during the finale of the first PlaySlam collaboration between Morgan and Towson University. The Nutcracker group consisted of Howard, director Timothy Huth and actresses […]

by · September 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, SECTIONS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
Meet PlaySlam Organizer Deletta Gillespie

Meet PlaySlam Organizer Deletta Gillespie

A voice that would calm even the unhappiest of babies and a passion that just won’t quit, quiet fire would be the words to best describe Ms. Deletta Gillespie’s spirit. Deletta Gillespie is the Morgan State University advisor for PlaySlam. In addition to being a professor in Morgan State’s theatre department, she is also a performing artist, singer-songwriter and educator of musical and theatrical work promoting social change, justice, and equality. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College and a M.F.A in Theater Arts from Towson University. Tonight marks the inaugural PlaySlam collaboration between Morgan and Towson, […]

by · September 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · SECTIONS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
Morgan student Aaron Miller gets his first glimpse of the script at 10 a.m.; he performs at 8 p.m. tonight.

PlaySlam Timeline

8 p.m. Six writers, six directors, 23 actors, five designers, four stage managers, and three theatre professors gather in a blackbox theater at Towson University for a 24-hour PlaySlam. They have 24 hours to write, direct, produce and perform six one-act plays. “Go!” Towson theatre professor David White shouts as students race off. The group is anxious but full of bravado. 9:30 p.m. Morgan professor Deletta Gillespie draws a theme out of a hat for the playwrights. They will spend the next 10 hours writing one acts about the theme, glass. “With glass I expect more drama,” says Morgan playwright […]

by · September 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CAMPUS NEWS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
PlaySlam Collaboration between Morgan and Towson Takes Shape

PlaySlam Collaboration between Morgan and Towson Takes Shape

All eyes are on Deletta Gillespie, the Morgan State University advisor of the PlaySlam as she reaches into a bag filled with possible themes for each play’s basis. She smiles a little, as though the power bestowed on her at the moment is bringing her the slightest amount of joy. The seconds feel like hours as David White, the Towson University advisor, announces the theme. “Glass,” he says with a beaming smile. No one bats an eye or looks even momentarily stumped or unnerved. In fact, a combination of whoops and cheers fill the air. The group of young actors, […]