We are Houston's first and only 10-minute play festival to celebrate the new works of African-American playwrights! We are growing by leaps and bounds and would love to have you join our great organization. 




Fade To Black Play Festival is groundbreaking! When we started we did so with the desire to create something “wonderful”! A team of local directors, actors, and volunteers used their talents to open doors of opportunity for emerging Black playwrights. Suddenly our humble play festival was on its feet and forging onward! From that moment on, we have never looked back!


The Festival

2022 Fade To Black Play Festival Winners


𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚 (𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤, 𝐌𝐃) - "𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐰"

𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐍. 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 (𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐥𝐲𝐧, 𝐍𝐘) - "𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞"

𝐊𝐫𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐡𝐮𝐞 (𝐖𝐚𝐲𝐧𝐞, 𝐌𝐈) - "𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐞: 𝐀 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥e"

𝐋𝐞𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞 (𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐍𝐘) - "𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐭"

𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐨𝐧 (𝐅𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞, 𝐆𝐀) - "𝐇𝐞𝐲, 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝!"

𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐂. 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 (𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐓𝐗) - "𝐆𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐔𝐩!"

𝐉𝐨𝐞 𝐀. 𝐋𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬 (𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐌𝐃) - "𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐛𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬"

𝐃𝐞𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐜𝐃𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐞 (𝐋𝐨𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐬, 𝐂𝐀) - "𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐚"

𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐬 (𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐓𝐗) - "𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝"

𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧 (𝐒𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨, 𝐂𝐀) - "𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝"

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𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐮𝐬!

𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞.

𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐚𝐱-𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞, 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥!

𝐀𝐌𝐂 𝟖 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧 (𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐧) 𝟓𝟏𝟎 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐬 𝐀𝐯𝐞. | 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐓𝐗 𝟕𝟕𝟎𝟎𝟐
𝐃𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧: 𝟕:𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐦
𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 & 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭: 𝟕:𝟑𝟎 𝐩𝐦*
*𝐖𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧/𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞! 𝐀 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐞!
𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬: 𝟖:𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐦
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐓𝐞𝐧 𝐓𝐨 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐑𝐮𝐦
𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠*
*𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 $𝟏𝟐.𝟎𝟎 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝.
𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝟏𝟎 𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐚𝐝𝐞𝟐𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭@𝐠𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦

The Fade To Black Play Festival is funded in part by the:

  • City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance

  • Texas Commission on the Arts 

  • BIPOC Arts Network and Fund (BANF)

  • Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities 

  • Benevolent contributions of private/public donors

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