The Hive Society frequently follows the happenings of Denise O’Neal and her Fade to Black Festival– Houston’s first and only Black playwright festival, and are excited to announce two upcoming events from the Houston director, so mark your calendars!


The Fade to Black Play Festival is continuing their community outreach with it’s second ever Playwright Workshop; open to playwrights of all backgrounds!

This second installment is led by Reginald Edmund

The Playwright Workshop takes place
Saturday December 10th from 12-4pm
Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77057

Advanced Storytelling Tactics of the Masters.

Imagine your play for the stage without curtailing your imagination. Exercises in this course will focus on pushing and mastering the boundaries of theatricality.

Registration for the class is $20 and tickets are available here.

Playwright Reginald Edmund, is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and an Artistic Associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, he was a 2010-2011 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. His play Southbridge was runner up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards, and most recently named winner of the Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. His nine-play series titled ‘The City of the Bayou Collection’, include The Ordained Smile of Sadie May Jenkins,Southbridge, Juneteenth Street, The Redemption of Allah Black, and All the Dying Voices were developed at esteemed theaters including Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Playwright Center-Minneapolis, Pangea World Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. Reginald Edmund received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University in ‘09. He is currently the Managing Curating Producer for Black Lives Black Words International Project. Inspired by #blacklivesmatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from both the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question: Do black lives matter today?



“A LESSON BEFORE DYING” comes to the Pearl Theatre

Premiers February 10-26, 2017 at the Pearl Theatre
14803 Park Almeda Dr.| Houston, TX 77047
Written by Romulus Linney from the novel by Ernest J. Gaines
Directed by Denise O’Neal

Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins, struggling to quit his poor parish school and leave the South, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines’ celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for the stage. “Rousing theatre for sure.” —NY Magazine.

Auditions with PAID roles are still available and will take place Sunday, 12/4/16 – 6-8pm, Monday, 12/5/16 – 7-9pm and Sunday, 12/11/16 – 6-8pm
Sign up here:

The Characters up for audition include:
Jefferson: African American Male. Early 20’s. Uneducated black field worker condemned to die after being innocently involved in an armed robbery and shooting.
Miss Emma (Emma Glenn): African American Female. 70’s. Jefferson’s godmother; she is determined that Jefferson will die with dignity.
Grant Wiggins: African American Male. Late 20’s. A cynical, disillusioned teacher called upon to instill a sense of pride and self-worth in Jefferson before his execution.
Vivian Baptiste: African American Female. Early 30’s. Grant Wiggins’ Creole (mixed heritage of black and French or Spanish ancestry) girlfriend. Also a teacher.
Sam Guidry: Caucasian Male. 50’s. Sheriff of Bayonne County jail.
Rev. Mose Ambrose: African American Male. 50’s. Pastor of the plantation church where Grant Wiggins teaches during the week.
Paul Bonin: Caucasian Male. 20’s. Deputy at the Bayonne County jail.

I often have people inquire how I’ able to get the roles I do and what’s needed to get started- AUDITION! Go in and give it your all- and tell the company The Hive sent you 🙂