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Emerging Playwright Reading: Black is Beautiful, But It Ain't Always Pretty

Tickets: FREE

Written by and featuring Kareem M. Lucas
Directed by Taylor Reynolds

ZOOM     |     FREE

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Join us this Spring for four online staged readings of new works in progress by Two River’s Emerging Playwrights Group. This group has been together from the 2019/2020 season through this current season. Each writer will be sharing plays in development in these free readings on Zoom. Our final reading of the series is Black is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty by Kareem M. Lucas.

In the tradition of Epic Poems, Kareem M. Lucas subverts the style and reanimates the memory of a never-ending NYC night filled with alcohol, drugs, sex, joy, loss, and self-discovery. He grapples with his past and present by weaving together narrative and poetry to interrogate his desperate need to find significance. Kareem takes the audience through a remarkable odyssey, as he hilariously and honestly reveals the private thoughts and unknown feelings of a modern Black man in America. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT AIN’T ALWAYS PRETTY is about healing and accepting what you can’t change, because no matter how fast or how far you run away, you can never escape yourself.

A Zoom link will be emailed to all patrons who RSVP, at least two hours prior to the event time.



Kareem M. Lucas
Kareem M. Lucas

Kareem M. Lucas is a Brooklyn born and Harlem based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. His solo pieces include “The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO)”, “From Brooklyn With Love”, “RATED BLACK: An American Requiem”, “A Boy & His Bow”, and “Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty”. He has performed his solo work at The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, Fire This Time Festival, IRT Theater, The Slipper Room, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, Hi-ARTS, AFO Theater, JACK, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, among others. He is currently co-collaborating on the immersive theatrical piece “The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America”, as a writer/performer with the Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative as a part of their Residency at HERE Arts Center, it will premiere at HERE in November 2019. He most recently was a part of The 2019 Mentor Project at The Cherry Lane Theatre, where his solo show “The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO)” was mounted. He’s also an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a NYTW 2050 Playwriting Fellow. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. For more info you can visit  or follow him on Instagram @KareemMLucas

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