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“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Interview with Keith Josef Adkins
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Founder and Executive Director
Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WNYE 91.5 FM
About the Episode
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews playwright, screenwriter, scriptwriter, and artistic director Keith Josef Adkins. They discuss his journey from poet to playwright and scriptwriter, his founding of The New Black Fest, the relationship between the artists of the Black Arts Movement, the impact of the social justice movement and Black Lives Matter Movement on Black film and theater, and the current state of plays, films, television scripts created by Black writers.
About Keith Josef Adkins
Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright, screenwriter, and artistic director. Keith’s Great Migration play, The West End, is scheduled to premiere in 2021 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His play The People Before the Park is scheduled for 2021 production at his alma-mater the University of Iowa. The author of numerous short plays, some of Keith’s full-length plays includes, Pitbulls (Rattlestick NYC), Safe House (St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Aurora), The Last Saint on Sugar Hill (National Black Theater, MPAACT), and more. His sci-fi radio play, The Bug Pod, was developed with NYC’S Flea Theater’s hard-working BATS and aired on NPR. Keith has been commissioned and/or developed by the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Hansberry Project, Premiere Stages, Mark Taper Forum, the Alliance Theater, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. He was recently commissioned by the Apollo Theater in New York City to commission and curate short works for the Apollo’s inaugural season at their new Victoria Theater. Keith is the recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, Samuel French’s inaugural Award for Impact and Activism in the Theater Community as well as National Black Theater’s Teer Spirit Award. He is also the artistic director of The New Black Fest, a 10-year-old theater organization committed to fostering new and insurgent voices from the African Diaspora. Keith is a former arts and culture blogger for TheRoot and has made pundit appearances on NPR and BBC Radio.
His TV writing includes a new TV series for Netflix by Marti Noxon, P-Valley on Starz, Netflix’s Outer Banks, ABC’s For the People, The Good Fight on CBS All-Access, and Girlfriends (now available on Netflix). Keith recently sold an original one-hour drama to Netflix through Regina King’s Royal Ties. He’s currently developing a sci-fi TV project with JJ Abrams’s Bad Robot. His feature horror film, The Night Man, is currently being shopped by indie producers and his horror film, The Turnpike, was a recent finalist at Urbanworld Film Festival.