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The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition 2019

Each year, the University of California San Diego’s Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms for the Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition.
The 2019 winner has just been announced.

Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep
by Sharece M. Sellem

About Daisies On Harlem's Doorstep
Spring of 1929 in Harlem, a season before the stock market crashed and the Great Depression paralyzed the world. Still, the streets are filled with glittering lights and for an innocent Daisy, who only wants to find her sister while four urgent women show her how to grow in concrete. The play is for 6 actors.

About the playwright
A native of Hartford, CT, Sharece M. Sellem is a playwright, choreographer, director and performing arts instructor based out of New Haven, CT. She was trained by American Intercontinental University’s Media Production Program, Headlong Performance Institute of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Yale University’s Practical Approach to Directing Summer Program. Her writing credits include the following plays: Five youth plays (now available on Amazon.com), Hope High: Class of ’84, Legends of the Forgotten Borough, Becoming La Baker, a one-woman show honoring the life of the first African-American Super Star Josephine Baker, and two plays in development - Dreams in Detention (featured in New Route Theatre's Black Voices Matter Festival 2018) and 1920's historical fiction, Daisies on Harlem's Doorstep, Winner of 2018 LezPlay Playwriting Contest, Chicago Illinois 2018).

Check out an interview with Sharece M. Sellem by Department Chair Allan Havis >>

Check out Sharece M. Sellem's profile with Playwrights Center >>

    Download a PDF sample of Sharece M. Sellem's Daisies On Harlem's Doorstep >>

A Staged Reading of

Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep
by Sharece M. Sellem

directed by Professor Stephen Buescher

Saturday, May 11 @ 10:30am
in the Arthur Wagner Theatre, Galbraith Hall
Free admission

Daisy – Janet Fiki
Charlie –  India Gurley
Gilly –  TBA
Can –  Savanna Padilla
Red –  Amara Granderson
Henry Taylor – Corneilus Franklin
Narrator / V.O. –  Anthony Adu

About the Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition

Jurors for the award this year were MFA playwrights Dave Harris, Vivian Barnes, and Ava Geyer. The Theatre & Dance Department wishes to thank the work of the jurors, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and also the Gaffney family for lending Dr. Floyd Gaffney’s name to this national event - recognizing Dr. Gaffney’s achievement in African American theatre.

A $1000 honorarium is awarded to the winning playwright, and they are flown to UC San Diego for a staged reading of their winning script on Saturday morning, May 11th, 2019, during the Wagner New Play Festival.

The History of the Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition >>


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