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The Inaugural 
48Hours in...™Holy Ground
August 2 - 3, 2019

Harlem9 premiered 48Hours in...™Holy Ground, during the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival.  For the first time in the festival's history, actors in attendance were given the opportunity to perform on the NBTF mainstage. 6 playwrights re-imagining six African-American theatre classics that have been previously presented at the NBTF, including: For Colored Girls . . ., Fences, Miss Evers' Boys, The Electronic Negro, The Old Settler, and To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. Over a 48-hour period, the plays were cast, rehearsed, and produced as an evening of SOLD OUT shorts. 

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The 6 Playwrights

Top Row:

Ngozi Anyanwu

Sharon Bridgforth

Howard Craft


Bottom Row:

Nsangou Njikam

Mike Wiley

Pia Wilson

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The 6 Directors

Top Row:

Christopher Berry

Keith Arthur Bolden

Jeannine Foster-McKelvia


Bottom Row:

JaMeeka Holloway

Jeffrey Page

Elizabeth Van-Dyke

The 15 Actors 

NEW FOR THIS FESTIVAL: We held on site auditions for the 15 actors for 48Hours in...™Holy Ground, adding a new element of surprise to the event.

* these Actors are appearing courtesy ofActors' Equity Association*

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