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What IS Fade To Black Play Festival?

A Series of New Works Written by Black Playwrights


Fade To Black Play Festival is Houston's first and only short play festival to provide a platform exclusively for African-American playwrights.


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!


Fade To Black Play Festival is a movement! We were committed to changing the way Houston sees African-American theatre. And with our sell-out crowds every season, we have successfully done so!


Fade To Black Play Festival is for all to enjoy! It fulfills a need, opens doors, and breaks down barriers. We've come a long way. Tonight we celebrate our seventh season and make history all over again! We hope you enjoy this year's line-up of short plays written by the nation's brightest and most talented African-American playwrights.


Prepare to be challenged, entertained, enlightened and inspired!

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