The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL'S Virtual Play Reading Series On Zoom

The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL Presents a Virtual Play Reading of the award-winning playwright Robert Bowie, Jr.'s Black Lives Matter play THE GRACE OF GOD & THE MAN MACHINE.  Directed by Van Dirk Fisher on Sunday, October 25th at 8PM EST.

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Donations:  $15.00 to benefit Riant Theatre.
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Racism. Violence. Voter Registration. These omnipresent themes are front and center in our national conscience and conversation on the precipice of a presidential election that many feel may seal the fate of our country. THE GRACE OF GOD & THE MAN MACHINE, an intricately plotted thriller, explores the consequence of racism on two individuals and their families.

Set in Eastern Maryland in the 1960’s and 1987, two sons, one white one black, meet by chance on a road. They don’t know it, but their families shared a life-altering connection years before. But now, their fate and their families’ future may depend upon the choices they will be forced to make.

THE GRACE OF GOD & THE MAN MACHINE asks and allows the audience to ponder and answer: is the die forever cast by a one-time choice we make?

An O’Neill Theater Center semi-finalist, Onaje appeared at the 2018 Fringe Festival to rave reviews and sold out audiences. Theatre Is Easy gave Onaje its Best Bet designation and described its “high stakes story” as “the most dramatic, fleshed out near-cinematic play I have seen.” Onstage Blog said Onaje “brilliantly brings a sense of warmth,” and Blog Critic described the play as embodying “exquisite conceptualizations and themes.”

“Having run this Zoom Play Reading Series since the pandemic began, I’ve developed directorial and visual techniques that makes our Zoom productions visually, emotionally and viscerally stimulating, something that some people haven’t always associated with the play reading format,” Van Dirk Fisher said. “And audience love the interactive and spirited Q and A that follows.”

There will be a TALK BACK afterwards with the Playwright, Director and Cast after the reading. Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the moderator.
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Submission Fee for Play Reading Series

We are currently accepting PLAY SUBMISSIONS for our Online Play Reading Series on Zoom.

Plays must include a cover page with the name of your play, playwright's name and email address.

The 2nd page must include the character breakdown.

Please also submit a brief synopsis of your play.

The submission fee is $35.

Email your script to

The Online Reading Series is on Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on Zoom.  If your play is accepted into the series it will be performed on one of those days.

Submission Fee for Play Reading Series Price: $35.00

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