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Coffee and a Play presents: DigiREP!

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Welcome to DigiREP! 

What is DigiREP?
DigiREP, produced by Coffee and a Play, is a BIPOC digital new work repertory festival, featuring new and up-and-coming Philadelphia playwrights, focused on the values of representation, workshopping, and development for the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival!

What works are being done?
Discovering Blackness; a short film by Briana Gause
Young Money by Erlina Ortiz
Lawrence's Law of Pawn Shops by Jaedto Israel

Little bit about the shows:
Discovering Blackness; a short film by Briana Gause, Directed by Devon Sinclair.
In 2032 at Prince Washington Institute, Freshman, Destiny Jones, creates a documentary where she interviews students about their experiences with Blackness at PWI. As the campus begins to implement rules to create a more post racial campus, students fight to embrace their identity, whatever that may mean. 

Cast Includes:
Claire- Tamika Reed Newman
Harmony- Donovan Lockett
Israel- Dana Orange
James- Philip Anthony Wilson
Kerry-  Quanece Thompson
Peter- Malik Muhammad
Terrel- Eyakeno Ekpo
Slim- Gabby Huggins
Destiny- Jenece Upton

Young Money by Erlina Ortiz, Directed by Briana Gause
Tomasina AKA Kila - T is Hip-hop's newest chart topper. Elegant and prideful Gardenia has been laid off from her job of 20 years and now she cleans Kila’s dressing room. When an attack on Kila’s concert forces the two women together, questions of morality, success, and redemption are danced around as these women discover they may have more to learn from each other than they think.

Cast Includes:
Kila- Alyssa Valdez
Gardenia- Diana Rodriguez

Lawrence's Law of Pawn Shops by Jaedto Israel, Directed by Christina Peña
Lawrence, the non-human owner of a magical pawn shop in a small town, is in trouble. He needs 200 crimsons by the end of the day to keep his store open! Luckily for him, a child walks into the store just before closing, and Lawrence is going to do anything he can to get those 200 crimsons out of them. Unluckily for Lawrence, he has a 25% chance of getting shot in the face tonight.

This play explores how chance can play a role in storytelling, using the flip of an enchanted coin to determine the outcome. Fitted with four different endings, these characters are put through any number of strange occurences until someone eventually comes out on top! or... dead.

Cast Includes:
Lawrence- CJ Higgins
Kid- Michael Jernick Puntiel

When are we running?
Our shows will be running digitally in rep, September 17th-27th! Dates and ticketing information can be found at the following links:

We need your help. 
Due to Covid-19, many actors and theater artists have been out of work. In this time, we have taken to the digital platform to create opportunities for theater artists, and continue to share new works. However, we are starting from scratch!

We are looking for additional funds to help assist in artistic collaborator stipends and prop/production costs! Truly, any thing helps! Even $5-$10 can buy a prop! 

We know that running a three show repertory is an ambition endeavor, but we are confident in our process, and strive to amplify and share new BIPOC works. 

What do I get with my donation?
Other than the satisfaction of supporting artists, there are benefits!

With any donation, you will get added to our donor page on our website!

$15+ You will get a free ticket to any of the three shows, on any day! 
$35+ You will get free ticket access to all of the shows, on any day! 
$50+ You will get all of the above, plus an additional ticket for a friend for one of the performances, plus a social media shout out!
$100+ CONGRATS! You are now a show sponsor! You will get unlimited access for any of the shows, at any performances, plus an additional 2 all access passes for friends/family/whomever! Plus, you get credited as a Show Sponsor on our website. 

Thank you so much for your donation and for supporting artists and new BIPOC work! "See" you at the show! 


Amanda Shaffern
Philadelphia, PA

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