ACT DEBUTS “NEW and-or SLIGHTLY USED”Program of Short Plays Explores Diverse Relationships Among Black Gay Males

Blind dates, buppies, best friends, fathers, fiancées, park cruisers, convicts, gang-bangers, b-ballers, hustlers, husbands and loners comprise the kaleidoscope of characters struggling to resolve loves, lusts and loneliness in New and/or Slightly Used, a program of short plays about Black gay, bi- and questioning men in the nation’s capital.

Sunday, May 26, 2013, African-American Collective Theater (ACT) returns, with its 15th annual showcase of African-American LGBTQ-themed theater in observance of DC Black Pride Weekend.

Each spring, these annual “reader’s theater” performances of new works-in-progress written and directed by ACT founding artistic director Alan Sharpe, serve as primary fundraiser for the production company’s various theater and film projects supporting its mission to “…showcase contemporary Black gay and lesbian life and culture, promote visibility and raise awareness of issues faced in the African-American community.”

This year’s performances, at 5:00 and 8 p.m., will once again be presented at the Warehouse Theater, where the main entrance is now located at 645 New York Ave., NW., Washington, DC — within easy walking distance of the Gallery Place and Mt.Vernon Square/Convention Center METRO stations.

For the first time this year, a limited number of advance tickets will be made available online. Remaining tickets for both shows go on sale at the theater box office beginning at 3 p.m. on the day of the performances. Those seeking additional ticket, performance, and venue information may e-mail, or call 202-745-3662.

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