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Playwrights Festival Spotlight: Crystal Joseph

Don’t Miss the 2022 Playwrights Festival on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 pm at the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts! The event is free and open to the public.

Staged readings for the 2022 Playwrights Festival, a collaboration between The Matthews Playhouse and the African American Playwrights Group (AAPG), are coming up Saturday, April 30th at 2pm! Now in its second year, the Playwrights Festival is an initiative to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Matthews as well as the Charlotte Theater community by highlighting original works by Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).

In this post, we’re spotlighting one of our Playwright’s Festival semi-finalist and author of Who’s That Woman in My Bed, Crystal Joseph. In addition to being a playwright, Ms. Joseph is an author and screenwriter. Her lifelong passion for writing began more than 20 years ago when she began writing short and full-length plays for the teenagers in her church. She quickly branched out into writing and directing plays for various acting troupes and started her own production company, Crystal Clear Storyz, Inc., in 2019.

Who’s That Woman in My Bed is a drama inspired by the book Joseph authored by the same title. The story centers around Meghan, a woman who is withholding forgiveness from her husband in an effort to make him pay for cheating on her 9 months ago. When her negative thoughts appear as a character aptly named Negativity, Meghan is forced to deal with her feelings while experiencing utter despair, extreme loss of self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

You can get a sneak peek of Who’s That Woman in My Bed and our other 2 finalists by watching a 20-minute “preview” version that will be rehearsed and performed as a staged reading in front of an audience and a new panel of judges on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00pm at the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts. The judges will score the staged readings, and the play that receives the highest score from the panel will be incorporated into the 2022-23 Matthews Playhouse season and produced as a full length show in August 2022. The event is free and open to the public.

The African American Playwrights Group, founded by Vickie Evans, is a collaboration of African-American playwrights, whose mission is to produce quality and excellent theater works in our communities and abroad. It is a privilege to incorporate the Playwrights Festival into our season and establish new relationships with community members.

Content Advisory: These performances contain mature themes and situations, adult language (including profanity) and the use of a racial slur.


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