The Paterson Performing Arts Development Council (PPADC) announced that Monica Prince will be the organization’s 2023 Playwright In-Residence. Prince’s choreopoem Roadmap will be the centerstage featured play of PPADC’s Annual Hamilton Arts Festival (HAF). Now in its third season, the festival runs June 15–24, 2023 and features a series of events including theatrical productions and film screenings.
PPADC’s Playwright-In-Residence program provides a monetary stipend and developmental support to writers, which includes working with a dramaturg, director, and other production team members to mount a mainstage production of Roadmap. The residency program was created to expand the diversity of plays produced on the main stage, to generate public value through the interaction of playwrights with local communities and to foster unique narratives in the arts.
Monica Prince [...] writes with a performance lens, trying to emphasize that what she says matters and deserves a platform. She brings a brilliant mix of mysticism, real world sobriety and movement to Roadmap, which asks its lead character, a young Black American man to thwart his inevitable murder.
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Come see the performance for Roadmap on June 24th at 7pm in Paterson, NJ! (Details below and RIGHT HERE!)
Monica's been awarded a writing residency through the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, VA! For two weeks, she'll be writing in this beautiful area, working on her choreopoems and new memoir. She'll be out of touch to focus, so any inquiries will take longer than usual for a response. Feel free to support the work at VCCA through donation and following them on social media.
PPADC, as part of the Hamilton Arts Festival, is staging a live production of Roadmap in June!
Roadmap tells the story of Dorian, a young American Black man, who is tasked by an ancestral spirit to thwart his inevitable murder. He traces his family tree, from his grandmother to his offspring, uncovering secrets of sex work, self-harm, and assault alongside snapshots of #BlackBoyJoy. Guided by The Novelist, an omniscient muse, and her troupe of dancers, Dorian must interrogate his legacy, forgive his past, and reckon with being a Black man in modern America.
Note: this performance includes mature themes around sex, sexuality, & violence.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
The Great Falls Center
39 McBride Ave
Paterson, NJ 07501
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Monica's favorite part of performance when she isn't doing it herself is coaching other writers to get on stage and share their art. Whether in classrooms or at Creative Writing Camp, Monica can coach the stage fright out of anyone (well, almost anyone).
Photo credit: Monica Prince
Monica always performs in high heels. She adopted this rule of performance when she was eighteen, and hasn't looked back. She is available for readings, choreopoem tastings, and open mic hosting.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Garza Photography
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Since discovering Write About Now, one of Houston's many slam poetry communities, you can find Monica on this stage at least once a year, primarily during the summer while she teaches in the Creative Writing Camp. This stage is full of welcoming and loving people, and anyone looks good under the lights at Avant Garden.
Photo Credit: Christopher Diaz Photography
Monica's latest choreopoem, Roadmap, is available for pre-order! Be the first to have it on July 1st!