NYI Joins- The Women’s Theater Festival 2019! Kick off Starts tomorrow July 11-July 14th. Tickets are still available!
COME ON OUT TONIGHT AND AUDITION 🎭 Looking for our HAKEEM 😊
Cary Players, in association with N.Y.I. Productions LLC will hold auditions on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 pm in the Cary Arts Center Studio M-50 for actors to play the role of Hakeem, a 9-yr. old African-American boy, in the production of Men Always Leave. Please bring a short monologue or poem to read. The director will have sides from the script for you to read at the audition.
Executive Film Director Quentin on the left. Company Photographer Cammel on the right. Founder-CEO Naima, front and center. Together we are a powerful force and team! They always find a way to keep the laughs rolling, a photo that captures how we find what we do exciting and oh so much fun!!! Purpose Driven. God's Plan.
The Stage play is listed on the Triangle Friends of African American Arts website. Tickets are available to purchase now for the show! Additionally, Naima will be presenting as a playwright for the African American Theatre Preview happening January 2019!
More information on that to come.
Hope to see you at the theater!
Produced by Cary Players Community Theatre Company
In Association with N.Y.I Productions LLC
Partnered by: QHFILMS & Cammel's Photography
Come out to the Open Mic & Music Video Release Party this Friday!!! September 28th and catch the EXCLUSIVE. World Wide Release to be Announced after Friday September 28th! Register with us by: September 27th!!
“Amazing original poetry pieces performed by Naima Ince-Griffiths open and close this episode! Naima Yetunde Ince-Griffiths is a performance poet, writer, and playwright; she produces and directs theatrical works and is the founder of NYI Productions. We talk about the evolution of her piece MEN ALWAYS LEAVE first written by Naima as a poem which she adapted into a play, then adapted into a soap opera series, and most recently into an accompanying soundtrack.” - Artist Soapbox
Naima stepped out on the limb of her creative instinct and collaborated with North Carolina R&B Singer Ethan Taylor for this incredibly smooth, soulful sound. Bringing back that 90's neo-soul vibe. This single speaks to romance and love. The inspiration being the Men Always Leave Story which has evolved in many different forms and continues to deliver. Before Men Always Leave was a stage play it was a poem. It is only right that at this time we have some music that continues to propel and amplify the root of a timeless tale. Shut The Door, is the first single for the Men Always Leave Soundtrack for the coming soon feature film. Check out the song here and on Spotify and all music streaming platforms! If you're in the North Carolina area, follow the link below and come hear this song live.
Women of Color Playwrights-Article by Alike Vail
Excerpt-Being a woman playwright is no easy task. We have all heard the alarming statistics provided by “The Count” on the Dramatist Guild website. Women playwrights only get produced 22% of the time, and then, there’s the even more despairing percentage of women of color playwrights who get produced 3% of the time. So, to be a woman playwright, you definitely have to get up some gumption if you want to be heard.
Special Thank You to Kelvin Jervay for having me on this incredible show and platform! Click the link to hear the interview.
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Throwback to Poetry! The limited edition is now down to TWO COPIES remaining. Thank you for those who support my work and I truly hope you enjoy the stories unfolded by each and every poem.
An Excerpt from Ghost Load-Second Edition: Yes, the story behind this is a whimsical freestyle, finding the areas where NO, can be just as powerful and necessary as YES.
Yes, rests on my tongue,
Locked behind pressed lips.
No is easier,
No is harder,
No is colder than Alaska, Hotter than Mount Everest
No is thicker than fog,
I tried yes, and opened shells in your speech
I tried yes, held tight to fate, thinking the unchangeable
I tried yes, stared rejection in the face, fought tears
Cause crying leaves infected possibilities,
I tried yes, laughed, smiled, dreamed, grew,
Yes allowed me to travel, gave a bit more, and yet reserved enough for what if…
Laid naked, like shifted wheat, flaws and all,
Bared troubles on my sleeve and search gazed pupils for remembrance and security.
No made me a little stronger, and a lot weaker
No taught me what I do and don’t do
No, the young girl inside that often feels pain even when it’s not there
No is easier than yes, but hurts when right is deemed wrong out of fear,
No combats the heartbeat, that motions, only to one drum
Yes can be sweet like strawberry lollipops
Yes can be the embrace of innocence
Yes can be the smile of needing no words for completion
Yes can be the cording lines of gemology
Yes can be knowledge without explanation
Guess, I got to question less and live more
Yes, can be ever
No can be never
Maybe I’m the cause of the transformation of Ever to Never.
©2018. Naima Yetunde Ince-Griffiths.
Writer, director Naima Yetunde Ince, interviews 5 women. The discussion is centered around her new play, inspired by a conversation with her mother. Conversations are so much better when they are openly raw. These women are bold, fierce, warriors and more. They are unique and beautiful and motivated by the yearn for more conversations that delve past the surface. Queens are born in many different shapes sizes and hues and they all speak the same human language.
Cry, Pray and Put On Lipstick is the new full length stage play “NYI” is currently crafting. She discusses how rewarding and empowering the interviews have been in aiding the development of this phenomenal stage play centered around the lives of 4 women. She gives some insight into her writing process and journey as a writer director.
The docuseries kicked off this past Sunday March 18, 2018. Tune in every Sunday for the next 4 weeks to hear the powerful discussions with host Naima Yetunde Ince.
Watch episode one, now on youtube and facebook.
Tune in next Sunday March 25, 2018 for episode 2.
N.Y.I Productions LLC film series number 2!
BTS Photos provided by: Partner,Photographer Cammel Hurse at N.Y.I Productions LLC and Cammel's Photography
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