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GREENWOOD: An American Dream Destroyed

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration (BLPC) was held entirely online this year.

 

Celeste Bedford Walker's Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed was selected as one of two featured plays during the festival, and virtually presented via Zoom on Sept. 6, 2020.

Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed tells the powerful story of the tragedy that took place on May 31, 1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African-American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.

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Sassy Mamas

by Celeste Bedford Walker

Three sophisticated and successful women find themselves living single and ready to mingle…but this time with much (much) younger men. 

 

This fun, feisty romantic comedy explores the dynamics between the sexes, and highlights when a woman knows what she wants…she knows how to get it.

Email Celeste at celestebwalker@AOL.com to book SASSY MAMAS, or click the button below.

 

current, recent & upcoming

WINNER!

2019 AUDELCO AWARD for

Best Revival of a Play

Reunion in Bartersville

written by Celeste Bedford Walker

directed by Marjorie Moon

performed by Black Spectrum Theatre Co.

A hilarious murder mystery!

2019 Winners and Honorees

THEATERMAKERS FALL PREVIEW, N.Y.

Oct. 7, 2019

AUDELCO President Jackie Jeffries and others presented THE THEATERMAKERS - A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, hosted by four-time Tony Award®-winning producer Ron Simons.

Black Theater Preview shines the spotlight on the presence of black artists on stage: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond.

The evening featured excerpts presented from Classical Theatre of Harlem's “A Christmas Carol In Harlem”; “(A)loft Modulation” by Jaymes Jorsling; Black Spectrum Theatre Company's “Sassy Mamas” by Celeste Bedford Walker and more.

Click here for the full article.

 

REVIEWS & PRESS

"Great actors, great story-line, and great execution."

- Vickie Evans, Broadway World

Full Review

(Reunion in Bartersville)

"The quintessential National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) experience was Celeste Bedford Walker’s “Reunion in Bartersville.”

 

A jam-packed house was whooping with laughter, me included."

- Christopher Rawson, 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Full Review

(Reunion in Bartersville)

Roy Berko, BWW Review

From the first laugh, which hit about two lines into the show, until the screaming standing ovation ending, the ladies and the cast were part of a love/laugh in.

(Sassy Mamas)

Mark Horning, TALKIN' BROADWAY

Sassy Mamas manages to turn the older-pursuing-younger concept right on its head in hilarious fashion (and quite fashionably). The acting is tight and on cue and the comedy is on point. It sparkles!

(Sassy Mamas)

Christine Howey, CleveScene

A tight and enjoyable ride, augmented by a classy scenic design and drop-dead gorgeous costumes... keeping the dialogue crisp and the laughs plentiful.

(Sassy Mamas)

Sassy Mamas

Sassy Mamas

It's steamy. It's sexy. It's Sassy Mamas!" — BBMedia TV

Camp Logan

Camp Logan

Although “Camp Logan” is written by a woman, I have never seen a truer evocation of the trials and tribulations that mark the struggle to live as a dignified black man in America." — Playthell Benjamin, N.Y. Daily

Sassy Mamas

Sassy Mamas

"Lovable...broad appeal." — Houston Chronicle

Sassy Mamas

Sassy Mamas

"Delivers passion and glee . . . a cross between 'Sex & The City' and 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back!' " — Broadway World

Camp Logan

Camp Logan

"Captivating, riveting, joyful, comical, and devastatingly real!" — Kaylene Peoples, Agenda Magazine

Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street

"She skillfully chronicles the final days and hours of these Greenwood citizens, weaving narratives on familial relationships, financial freedom, civic loyalty, blossoming romance, and the looming jealousy and unleashed terrorism by White Tulsa citizens. — Lynette Braxton, Downstage Pass

Sassy Mamas

Sassy Mamas

"Brings audiences to their feet and rolling in the aisles!" — Houstonia

Sassy Mamas Interview

Sassy Mamas Interview

Interview with Celeste Walker CLICK FOR FULL INTERVIEW

Sassy Mamas WINS!!

Sassy Mamas WINS!!

Best PLAY and Best DIRECTOR! — BroadwayWorld Regional Awards

Once in a Wifetime

Once in a Wifetime

“Once in a Wife Time” is unquestionably good theater. The audience found the show hilarious." — Michael Frym, Variety Magazine

BOOK a STAGE PLAY

Send an email to celestebwalker@aol.com to book one of the plays below. Please include the name of the play you want to book in the subject line of your email.

 

Popular Plays by Celeste

Here are the Top 3 Requested Plays over the past year.

Continue scrolling to see more plays available for booking.

Camp Logan

An entertaining and compelling story of six black U.S. soldiers and the incidents leading up to the tragic 1917 racially-charged riot at their Camp Logan base in Houston Texas during World War l.

 

Walker’s nuanced, suspenseful dramatization details the buildup to the riot that left dozens dead, including 17 African American soldiers hanged for mutiny. 

Sassy Mamas

Three sophisticated and successful women find themselves living single and ready to mingle…but this time with much (much) younger men. 

 

This fun, feisty romantic comedy explores the dynamics between the sexes, and highlights when a woman knows what she wants…she knows how to get it.

Reunion in Bartersville

Bartersville High is having its 50th reunion at Janie Mae’s house. All of the guests have arrived, ready for an evening of gaiety.

 

But…they’re in for a heart-stopping surprise when an unexpected guest arrives and turns their party into an evening of hilarious suspense.

A thrilling comedy mystery.

Repertoire of Work

Stage Plays

Black Spurs

Greenwood, An American Dream Destroyed

Shared Secrets (Adaptation)

The Eddie Thomas Story

Memoirs of a Would Be Black Militant

I, Barbara Jordon

Sassy Mamas

Sassafras Girls

Harlem After Hours

The Red Blood of War

Piccolo Sergeant

Distant Voices

Praise the Lord, and Raise the Roof

Noble Lofton, Buffalo Soldier

Brothers, Sisters, Husbands and Wives

Over Forty

Camp Logan

Reunion in Bartersville

Adam and Eve, Revisited

The Wreckin’ Ball

Once in a Wife Time

Screen Plays

Barbara Jordan Documentary (Writer, Project Mgr.)

Juanita Moore Documentary (Writer)

The Butterfly Girls (Writer, interactive web game)

Sam Cooke Story (Story Editor)

Reunion in Bartersville Pilot (Treatment)

Men of Bronze (Dialogue Polish)

Camp Logan(Screenplay)

The Boule (Writer, Video)

Medipaid Girls (Writer, Feature film)

Community Kitchen (Writer, Video)

Publications /Articles 

Texas Playwrights Anthology (University TX Press)

Texas Women Writers (TX A&M Press)

Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trials & Triumphs

New York Times Theater Review

Theater Yearbook: The Complete Broadway and Off-Broadway Sourcebook

Theater World

Women in Theatre (Wrote article)

 

About Celeste

Celeste Bedford Walker’s award-winning canon includes over forty plays, videos, documentaries and films that have been performed and viewed in major venues across the country. She has received numerous commissions to write dramas, comedies, and musicals for theaters, schools, museums, and organizations. 

 

Recognized by the U.S. Congress for her historical contribution as producer and author of works that bring to light lost stories of African American history, Walker has received several honors and awards in theatre.

Awards include finalist in the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for outstanding work by a female playwright; The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Playwright/Best Play for positive portrayal of Blacks in the media; the National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award for significant contributions to Black and American Theatre; finalist in 38th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Houston Ensemble Theatre’s Salute to Texas Playwrights, New York’s AUDELCO nominations and awards, Memphis Tennessee’s Gyneka Award, and others.

 

Celeste was recently commissioned to write a play as part of the BOLD Theater Women's Leadership Circle grant, under leadership of Ensemble Theatre's artistic director Eileen Morris. Her historical drama “The Red Blood of War,” was selected to participate in the 39th Annual Wm. Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab in Independence Kansas. Due to COVID-19 it was postponed to spring 2021.

 

Walker's work is also featured in the anthology “Acting Up and Getting Down,” published by the University of Texas Press.

A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Ms. Walker is also a council member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement.

Celeste is also a member of Honor Roll! an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty - and their allies - whose goal is their inclusion in theater. 

Her plays, universal in theme, come out of the Black experience, embracing the sacred and the mundane, the serious and the comic, with an awesome delight in the wisdom and the witlessness of the human condition.   

Mountaintop Productions

Celeste’s production company, Mountaintop Productions, has produced and co-produced several of her plays, including “Camp Logan,” (The Kennedy Center, Wash. D.C.), “The Red Blood of War,” (The Samuel French OOB Festival, NY), “Praise the Lord and Raise the Roof,” (The 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA), “Brothers, Sisters, Husbands and Wives,” (Houston Music Hall), “Once in a Wife Time” (Tower Theater, Houston, TX), and “Reunion in Bartersville,” (Layfayette, LA).

Mountaintop Productions

Celeste Walker, Founder/CEO

Sage Edwards, Managing Producer

 

CONTACT CELESTE

Email: celestebwalker@aol.com

Phone: 713-649-2574  

 

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