Beyond the Chitlin' Circuit: The Ultimate Urban Playwrights Guide (Paperback)
Finally A tangible resource for the forgotten urban playwright Commonly referred to as the "Chitlin' Circuit" (considered a negative connotation by many), urban theater is nothing more than a joke in some circles, but many urban playwrights are laughing all the way to the bank The truth is, this little known phenomenon has recently caught the eye of the industry because of the success of urban playwrights such as Tyler Perry who made the transition from the stage to a multi-million dollar film and television empire. But every weekend throughout the country from small church buildings to large arenas, scores of adoring fans pack out theaters to witness a rabble rousing gospel or urban play. And no, for the most part the urban playwright does not have a technical degree in theater, but they do have a dream often leading to less than desirable technical results, but at the same time a pleased an uplifted audience. Beyond the Chitlin' Circuit, The Ultimate Urban Playwright's Guide is the first to tackle the wild beast of urban theater. At last, a resource to assist from the creative process, to the stage and beyond. A practical hands-on guide that can be a reference for nearly every real life scenario a playwright or producer could run into in this unpredictable world. And with demands high in major retailers for urban inspirational plays and films, this is the perfect time to perfect our craft and move beyond the "Chitlin' Circuit " to the world's stage.
Vanessa Lynn is a playwright and producer whose works have been distributed nationally, performed internationally and seen on major cable networks. Vanessa is CEO of Parables Entertainment, and Executive Director and Founder of Urban Playwrights United, the leading organization for urban playwrights and producers. Beyond the Chitlin' Circuit was developed through her years of personal experience and from assisting hundreds of playwrights across the country. Vanessa is a highly sought after speaker, content writer and consultant, as well as the mother of two adult daughters and the proud grandmother of one grandson.