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Finalists of the third annual
Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Award
on the African American Experience

Winner - Playwright: Paul A. Notice II

Nicole and Anthony

Set in Boston and Norfolk, Virginia, Nicole and Anthony travels lyrically through time following the life of a freed bi-racial woman - Nicole - as she returns to the chains of modern slavery. Nicole collides with a collection of men who represent the various faces of American society and her painful interactions with others detonate.


PAUL A. NOTICE II is a senior majoring in Culture and Politics in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Paul was introduced into theatre as an actor at Georgetown Theater with the Black Theatre Ensemble production of Suzan Lori-Parks’ In the Blood. Nicole and Anthony is his playwriting debut. He would like to thank God for his loving family both immediate and extended, who provide him with the fire to do anything in this finite world. After graduation, Paul plans to pursue a career in playwriting and filmmaking.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with Paul A. Notice II.



Honorable Mention - Playwright: Erin Adams

A Creation Myth

A Creation Myth reinvestigates Adam and Eve union and their anguish over Lilith - the powerful woman who preceded and rivaled Eve in the Garden. The paradoxical identity of Lilith, seen through thousands of years, is highly racial and sexual; she is rendered in this play poetically as a dark skinned woman who is found inside a motel as a maid.


Erin Adams has been a writer for much of her life, but has only recently started playwriting. She has found the theatre to be the perfect space for her and plans to purse a career in Theatre Arts after graduation. Erin Adams is currently a senior concentrator in Theatre and Literary Arts at Brown University.

Read the Marshall Institue Blog interview with Erin Adams.


This festival is made possible by a generous donation from Ken & Ginger Baldwin

Of Interest:

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