Black Terror

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Black Terror

Black Terror Written By Richard Wesley, Directed By Richard Lawson

A co-production in partnership with Newark Symphony Hall and Yendor Theatre Company.

Originally produced fifty years ago, playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley’s Black Terror returns under the bold direction of Richard Lawson. Using elements of theater and film, this pilm* collaboration illuminates the urgent demands and extreme sacrifices at the center of Black liberation struggles.

In Black Terror, an impassioned squad of revolutionaries called the Black Comrades sets out to unshackle their people from oppression. The freedom fighters’ divergent approaches not only threaten their alliance but expose their vulnerabilities. Lawson and Wesley’s production, which extends beyond any one time or place, challenges audiences to consider: What path toward freedom would you take?

Black Terror will be available for online streaming beginning Summer 2023. Check out our IMDB Page.

Featured Artist(s): Shang Abrams, Elijah Barnes III, Wadiah Brown, Johnny Crown, Terryl Daluz, Pape Diouf, Taylor Edwards, Titus Fotso, Henrí Franklin, Charles Jake Johnson, M’Baye Campbell Kante, Terrance Kendrick, Candice Lenoir, Nia Miranda, Michele Morgan, Darxia “Rex” Morris, Aljanod Parrish, Lester Purry, Lamar Richardson, Curtis Scott, Kelly Tighe, Tobias Truvillion, Bria Williams, Tiffany Wright

*pilm: a play adapted for film, that maintains some theatrical artistic and design elements in its production


Meet the Creators of Black Terror
April 19, 2022 | 5:00 PM PT

A bi-coastal conversation with Black Terror playwright Richard Wesley, and film Director Richard Lawson.

Longtime creative collaborators, Richard Lawson and Richard Wesley reminisce on the Black Arts Movement, Black Power Movement and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Drama Desk award winning play Black Terror, set to premier on screen in Fall 2022. Actor, director and master teacher Richard Lawson and dramatist, writer and Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Richard Wesley, gather to talk shop and share their latest collaboration.

Featured Guest(s): Richard Lawson, Richard Wesley


Revolutionary Roundtable
May 17, 2022 | 5:00 PM PT

Hosted by Salamishah Tillet, Newark Symphony Hall and Yendor Theatre Company, in partnership with WACO Theater Center, present Revolutionary Roundtable, a salon conversation centering the role of artists, activists and organizers in movements for liberation. Inspired by the film adaptation of Black Terror, written by Richard Wesley, to be released Fall 2022, we bring together a group of Black freedom fighters to ask: What does it truly mean to be revolutionary?

Featured Guest(s): Melina Abdullah, Adebunmi Gbadebo, Junius Williams


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