Michael Hagins announces two productions for June
Michael Hagins, an African-American playwright, director, fight director, actor, and producer, has used the racism and prejudice he faced at an early age to fuel his writing, since he was 9 years old. When not writing about injustice, Michael has lent his name to more than 1,000 plays and films during his artistic career. A passionate lover of Shakespeare, Michaels boasts of having played all the plays in the Canon.
Hagins has two productions gearing up for June tours:
WORLD PREMIERE: A shot rang out
Thursday June 23 @ 8:00 p.m.; Theater Row Studios (Theatre 2), NYC
Produced in collaboration with the Downtown Urban Arts Festival
A white cop is trapped in a warehouse during an increasingly violent protest with a frightened black teenager and a disgruntled teacher.
SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE: SUN in the USA
Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at Theater Row Studios (Theatre 4), NYC
Michael Hagins’ unabashed story of how white voices have spoken for black people since the dawn of our nation and the damage silence has done to a community.
Stephanie Cox-Connelly returns as director with Duane Ferguson, who originated the role of BLACK in the original production. They are joined by Alexandra Doering-Dorival, Gigi Principe, Michael Pichardo, Jeremy Goren, Michael Joseph Whitten, Tiffany Knight, Beth Griffith, Mary Sheridan, Alaina Hammond, Kofi Mills and Tucker Dally Johnston.
SUN in the USA is a story that looks at history through the eyes of an African American known as BLACK, who is “kindly” reminded of how well he did in his time in the United States of America – from the beginning of African slavery culture to today.
Production stage managed by Stage managed by Sara Minisquero and Adam Sherwin; with costume design by Ellie Raab
THEATER ROW THEATERS AND STUDIOS ARE LOCATED AT 420 WEST 42ND STREET, NYC
Michael Hagins references include: Off-Broadway: The Long Rail North (Soho Rep, FringeNYC); Basement (Roly Poly Productions); Michael is Black and The Renaissance Dueling Plays (Planet Connections Theater Festival); The Hall of Vengeance (FRIGID Festival). Regional credits include Hit and Match (Chicago Fringe, Johannesburg Fringe). Awards include Outstanding Playwriting – Hit and Match, 2013; Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo Show – Michael is Black; Winner of Best Dramatic Writing, Best Director and Best Overall Production of the NEPTA Awards for As You Wish It or The Bride Princess or What You Will, 2020; Winner – Best Reading and Best Streaming Reading, Off-Broadway Regional Awards – Hawai’i for A Shot Rang Out. Artistic Director, CAGE Theater Company, 2021. Fellow, Dramatists Guild and Advanced Actor-Fighter for the Society of American Fight Directors.