TyLie Shider: ‘Shoptalk’ staged play reading

TyLie Shider: ‘Shoptalk’ staged play reading

Nov 18, 2023

ArtYard Playwright Fellow TyLie Shider’s newest play explores the transformative, often unsung, power of salons and the intimate relationship between hairdressers and their clientele. Join us for a staged play reading of Shoptalk, a series of one-acts written by Shider.

Shider is a playwright, poet, and journalist who was born and raised in New Jersey and lives in Minneapolis. He was the inaugural playwright-in-residence at ArtYard in 2022, is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and an I Am Soul playwright-in-residence at the National Black Theatre.

Shoptalk comically explores themes of grief and the cathartic relationship between a cosmetologist and their clientele. The staged readings will be directed by Daniel Boisrond, a New York-based actor, producer, and founder of 35 creatives, and produced by Deonté Griffin Quick, ArtYard’s theatre curator and a nationally recognized, award-winning arts administrator.

At the reading, the actors will showcase the development of the play with early staging, lighting, and multimedia in place. The goal is for the playwright to hear the written play spoken out loud in front of an audience to understand how their intentions are received so they can make edits if needed.

A discussion and reception with Shider follows the reading.

The ArtYard Playwright Fellowship launched this year with Shider as the inaugural fellow as a professional opportunity that recognizes and supports merit as well as the professional status of a mid-career playwright who demonstrates a sustained and consistent body of work. Shider has been in residence since earlier this summer developing new work.