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    The Playwright Awards Gala: Where All Playwrights are Recognized!!!!

     

    This event is the first of its kind & is in a class all by itself. So many people in this industry are overlooked & it is Lizz Turner’s request that her vision is brought to life each year. The Playwright Awards is something to be proud about, something we should support, and a platform to give all playwrights the opportunity to be recognized, considered, and mentioned in the same conversations as the Broadway Thespians.

    Even though many have yet to recognized by the global masses, Lizz Turner and the Diamondnique Family has created a platform to where all playwrights, regardless of status, walk away a winner. The Playwright Award Gala, coming to New York and I had the opportunity to sit down with Mrs. Lizz to discuss the importance of this Gala and why you all should support… See you at the Red Carpet….

     

     

    Now we know about the Tony Awards, The Emmy’s, The Oscars, but help me introduce the Playwright Awards to everyone. Why do you feel it’s necessary to have this award show for playwrights?

    Typically, because we don't have our own. No one has designed an official award event for the playwright industry on a national level. I feel that the industry has too much overlooked talent & the proper recognition isn't given.

    What is the difference between receiving an American Theatre Wing’s  Tony Award versus a Playwright award from Diamondnique Productions?

    Everyone knows quite a few if not all of the nominees who are a part of the Tony's but Diamondnique Productions introduces the ones whom are looked over in the industry. Live productions takes a lot of work just the same as film but one of the differences is that when an actor is on stage, they can't go back for a "Take 2 or Take 3" and I applaud anyone who is talented enough to remember scripts and be point and on cue in spite of what happens on stage.

     

    What was the inspiration behind the creation of the Playwrights Gala Awards? 

    I work with some of the best acts and actresses in the industry. I have also sat in the audience of many theaters witnessing stage productions and I'm saying to myself, "Why hasn't he or she made it to the big screen yet?" (Too myself) To me, the talent is just as good if not better. In my opinion live theatre is a lot better. Also, some of the best Playwrights works are going unnoticed. Not everyone has the opportunity or budget to have their works sold in stores or shown on the big screen. It doesn't mean that they aren't good enough, it just means that another avenue needed to be created and brought to life & that's where I come in. I am always coming up with ideas to reward and show my own casts gratitude and the vision was given to me by God to open the doors wider so that others may enter nationally.

    So this is the 3rd Annual Playwright Awards, the first one was in North Carolina, the Second one was in South Carolina, and now you traveling to New York, why the different locations? The first one was actually held in North Carolina and the second one in South Carolina.

    We have an award category called the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and the recipient of the award get to have the event brought to their city and state. Also, this gives us the opportunity to visit various parts of the United States together. Each year on the program we give Playwrights the opportunity to show case a scene from one of the plays in a different state which also gives them the ability to say that they have performed in such & such state instead of only local.

    What do you or your committee look for in a playwright and/or production to determine if they will be honored in receiving one your awards? I’m sure the selection process is hard…..

    Yes the process is extremely hard which is why I do not take part in the judging process. I have a confidential list of judges who are not in the industry to participate on a judge panel. I chose to use people who are not in the industry basically because our works are presented to the public. I feel that if the public selects the award recipients then when are awarding the person based on how the public feel. I carefully select the 7 judges but I don't take part in the voting for one it's not ethical and number two, I'm deep in the industry and I want this to be a fair process and event, not rigged.

    Now the 3rd Annual Playwright Awards will in New York, Queens on September 26 – 27, 2014….. What can an attendee get prepared for? I heard you are the Queen of secrets…..

    Yes I am indeed one who will carry a secret for months! I love the reaction I get from people when the secret is unveiled. I am debuting one of my own plays this year titled "Slander Vs Truth" and this production is FAR from typical. It's based on Revelation 20:15 which is a book in the Bible that many are skeptical about touching. Well, I'm going in with this one and so is my cast & Director which is Christophor Richardson from Eclectic Dynasty Production Team. We will have live performances by various artist including Danny Clay from Tyler Perry's "Madeas Big Happy Family." National Playwright Donald Gray will be back for his 2nd year with his powerful Playwrights and Actors Workshop. I have other presentations and special announcements that I will speak on at the award ceremony. I am making some changes beginning in 2015 and all I can say right now is everyone is about to be blown away even more.

    THE  2014 PLAYWRIGHT GALLA NOMONIEES ARE

    Playwright of the Year: – Jawoski Wright, JDW Productions, Stanley Jackson, SJM Productions, Charron Monaye, Pen Legacy, Karen Chattum, Poetry In Motion Monique Lisa, Dream Achievers

    Director of the Year: – Donald Gray, Karlton Clay, Jawoski Wright

    Vocalists of the Year: – Tan Smith, LaShonda Redd, Kristyn Daney

    Actor of the Year: – T.J. Swann, Byron Gladden, Kristyn Daney, Ernest Jam

    Actress of the Year – Barbara Brown, Ashleigh Taylor, Javetta Milton , Karen Waller-Martin

    Most Inspirational Stage Play: – Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright, All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Living Your Life by Charron Monaye

    Best Comedy Stage Play of the Year: – Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson, Light of the Ghetto by Trinese Duplessis

    Promotion Company of the Year: – Dream Achievers, Chitlin Circuit Reviews

    Youth Actor of the Year:- Elijah Belton, Alphonzo Mabry, Christopher Hopson

    Youth Actress of the Year: – Jada Simone Dean, Sheniqua Gambrell, Nichelle Harper

    Best Supporting  Cast: – Sixteen by Karen Chattum, It Won’t Happen Again by Diamondnique Productions, L.L.C., and Ace Jenkins & Queen Street Baptist Church Drama Department, Jawoski Wright

    Stage Play of the Year:- Samson’s Way by Chris Scott,Why Can’t We Be Friends by Christopher Hopson, All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson

    Best Gospel Stage Play of the Year: – Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright, Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson, Get Your House in Order by Terrence Miller

    Drama Stage Play of the Year: – All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Why Am I Still Single by AG Wells, Light of the Ghetto by Trinese Duplessis

    Best Real Life Drama of the Year: – Treasures in the Dark by Lizz Goins-Turner, Inspired by Sherly Hysaw, Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright,Sixteen by Karen Chattum, Why Can’t We Be Friends by Christopher Hopson

    Stage Play Band of the Year: – Varian Watts of Queen Street Baptist Church, Department, Jawoski Wright, Righteous Walk featuring Corey Canady

    Graphic Designer of the Year: – Jonsehn Enterprises, Terrence Miller

    Playwright of the Year: – Jawoski Wright, JDW Productions, Stanley Jackson, SJM Productions, Charron Monaye, Pen Legacy, Karen Chattum, Poetry In Motion, Monique Lisa, Dream Achievers

    Director of the Year: – Donald Gray, Karlton Clay, Jawoski Wright

    Vocalists of the Year: – Tan Smith, LaShonda Redd, Kristyn Daney

    Actor of the Year: – T.J. Swann, Byron Gladden, Kristyn Daney, Ernest Jam

    Actress of the Year – Barbara Brown, Ashleigh Taylor, Javetta Milton ,Karen Waller-Martin

    Most Inspirational Stage Play: – Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright, All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Living Your Life by Charron Monaye

    Best Comedy Stage Play of the Year: – Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson, Light of the Ghetto by Trinese Duplessis

    Promotion Company of the Year: – Dream Achievers, Chitlin Circuit Reviews

    Youth Actor of the Year:- Elijah Belton, Alphonzo Mabry, Christopher Hopson

    Youth Actress of the Year: – Jada Simone Dean, Sheniqua Gambrell, Nichelle Harper

    Best Supporting  Cast: – Sixteen by Karen Chattum, It Won’t Happen Again by Diamondnique Productions, L.L.C., and Ace Jenkins & Queen Street Baptist Church Drama Department, Jawoski Wright

    Stage Play of the Year:- Samson’s Way by Chris Scott,Why Can’t We Be Friends by Christopher Hopson, All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson

    Best Gospel Stage Play of the Year: – Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright, Can’t Wait ‘Til Sunday by Stanley Jackson, Get Your House in Order by Terrence Miller

    Drama Stage Play of the Year: – All My Struggles by Monique Lisa, Why Am I Still Single by AG Wells, Light of the Ghetto by Trinese Duplessis

    Best Real Life Drama of the Year: – Treasures in the Dark by Lizz Goins-Turner, Inspired by Sherly Hysaw, Jesus is the Reason for the Season by Jawoski Wright,Sixteen by Karen Chattum, Why Can’t We Be Friends by Christopher Hopson

    Stage Play Band of the Year: – Varian Watts of Queen Street Baptist Church, Department, Jawoski Wright, Righteous Walk featuring Corey Canady

    Graphic Designer of the Year: – Jonsehn Enterprises, Terrence Miller

    You recently partnered with A Taste of Theater from Chicago on this show, how was that experience and will this partner forever be a part of this show.

    Yes the Founder Victor Gulley and I met via Facebook and our friendship has grown tremendously over the years. I attended his festival the first year and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. In fact, I enjoyed myself so much that I felt and still do feel that everyone needs to experience this festival. I've met people though him and vice versa. Mr. Gulley attended my event on last year for the first time and hosted a presentation about the festival during the ceremony. I could tell from the reactions of the guest that they were interested in what he's doing and I felt as though my mission was completed because I was able to assist him with getting the word out about his prestigious event. Whole attending the festival I was able to meet the God Father of Urban Theatre, Shelly Garrett which was an experience I will never forget. Today, I am a sponsor for the festival and he is a sponsor for the gala.He believes in my vision and I believe in his as well. We have joined forces and it's been nothing but a phenomenal experience to say the least.

    In 20 words or less, tell us why we should support this show. Ready, Set, Goooooo

    We should all celebrate our own victories as well as others, why not do it big on the red carpet!

    Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dpi-3rd-annual-playwrights-awards-gala-tickets-9998187849

     

    Learn More About Diamondnique Productions: http://www.diamondniqueproductions.biz/

     

    Learn more about the writer @www.penlegacy.com

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