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Welcome to COLLECTIVE CONTEXTS, a bridge between the audience and the work.

Twice a month we will discuss a different play, its themes, and its connections to our lives and experiences.


COLLECTIVE CONTEXTS is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Colloquy Collective would also like to thank New Brooklyn Theater for its generous partnership and producing support. 

At A Glance

Cost: $20 including books; $10 without.

When: Tuesday Evenings, 7:30pm - 9:30pm 

3/18*, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, and 6/10

Where: The New York Foundation for the Arts

(20 Jay Street - Suite 740; Brooklyn, NY 11201)

*FREE Opening Session and Reception

At our opening session you will be able choose what will be the theme and plays. It will be also be a great time to meet Colloquy Collective and the other participants! Light refreshments will be provided. 

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Register by completing the form at the bottom of the page to simply RSVP.

Or just come to the first session!


Current theme: CHECKERED

The point-of-view of any play is important; it makes the play; it is the play. This theme explores the impact of author's telling stories featuring identity experiences that may not be their own. What does a play about Black people look like by a Caucasian writer or vice-versa? Does that change what is acceptable? Does that alter how it is perceived? Let’s examine the nuances of a play about one group written by another. This session will examine the assumptions, realities, and hopes presented in each play. Plays read will be:

Superior Donuts by Tracey Letts

The play follows an employer and employee of a doughnut shop who quarrel about change.

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

The historically relevant piece re-imagines the world of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun speaking on modern issues of gentrification and race.

Spinning into Butter by Rebecca Gilman

Set on a college campus in Vermont, this play follows the liberal dean of students named Sarah Daniels who investigates the pinning of anonymous, clearly racist letters on the door of one of the college's few African American students.

The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill

Tells the tale of Brutus Jones, an African-American man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and sets himself up as emperor.

In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney

When the track star Oya meets a handsome man, she is thrust into an emotional tailspin.