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ONAJE Updates:

FringeNYC in October!

We’re honored that ONAJE has been selected as an official production of FringeNYC, October 13th — 21st. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST! (CLICK HERE to get advance tickets now.)

  • SATURDAY, Oct. 13th, 7:00 pm — SOLD OUT!
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 16th, 9:45 pm
  • THURSDAY, Oct. 18th, 9:30 pm
  • SATURDAY, Oct. 20th, 2:15 pm — SOLD OUT!
  • SUNDAY, Oct. 21st, 7:00 pm

I’m thrilled to have our fantastic director Pat Golden on board, and our phenomenal producer Sue Conover Marinello. We’ll be announcing our fantastic cast soon. Humbly, I must say it’s an incredible honor and opportunity, and we’re going to need all the help we can get to make it happen. (If you can help us get there by I’d be deeply grateful. Or email me to connect — let me know if you’d like advance tickets.)

Our Director is Golden

I am continually humbled by the amazing talents of the people who have come together to help bring ONAJE to life at FringeNYC. Two standouts are our tenacious, indispensable producer, Sue Connor Marinello, and our inspired, insightful director, Pat Golden. I am thrilled to have Pat’s creative guidance and casting acumen.

(Speaking of which, Pat is still casting a few parts for ONAJE in New York right now. If you know anyone she should see, please direct them to the website for casting breakdowns.)

A little about Pat:

Pat Golden is an award-winning director and casting director for stage and film, and has had an extensive career that includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and International credits. She was Assistant Director to Emily Mann on the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and has been affiliated with The Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival and many other venues.

Pat is also a filmmaker and Casting Director, known for discovering new talent. She won the Artios Award for Best Casting in a Feature Film (Drama) for Platoon, and was nominated for Blue Velvet. Other feature credits include Gimme Shelter, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Killing Fields. She’s worked with Lee Daniels Entertainment, New Line, Warner Bros and PBS as Associate Producer.

We are truly fortunate to have Pat’s incredible talent, experience, and dedication for ONAJE. Come to FringeNYC in New York this October and see for yourself!

Award-winning director Pat Golden is directing ONAJE at FringeNYC this October (and casting now)! More at http://bit.ly/ONAJE Click To Tweet

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About the Play

Exploring the fallout of violent racism, ONAJE is set in two worlds: the open road in Maryland 1980, and the civil rights riots in the Eastern shore in 1967. It features a trio of characters inextricably linked through long-buried secrets of their past and forced to return to everything they escaped. ONAJE is about one mistake that could forever steal a hero’s soul, his humanity, and his path toward redemption.

Historical Background

The Cambridge riot of 1967 was one of 159 race riots that swept cities in the United States during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967.” This riot occurred on July 24, 1967, in Cambridge, Maryland, a small town on the Eastern Shore. Check out the award-winning video below, created by high school students of the Eastern Shore.

“The Naked House Painting Society”

“Easily the festival’s best. Riveting drama with genuine humor and intense relationships. Mystical in nature, the play turns on incisive philosophical dialogue.” — Winifred Walsh, The Baltimore Sun

“Slavery,” a play in one act

Ownership is the issue as two associates draft a patent at a huge law firm in Robert Bowie, Jr’s one‑act play “Slavery.”

“Crash & Burn PA”

“It’s pretty damned refreshing. Tightly woven, with comic prowess and a nicely fast pace. If you want a carefree night of fun and laughs, this is your ticket.” — Pandora Locks

“Witchcraft,” a play in one act

“‘Witchcraft’ offers the suspenseful flavor of Alfred Hitchcock show. The drama unfolds with many unanticipated twists and turns…” — Janet Stidman Evleth

Poet Laureate - Harvard Alumni Association

Robert is also an accomplished poet and HAA Poet Laureate. You can read some of his poems here.

More plays by Robert Bowie, Jr…

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From the Page to the Stage at FringeNYC

From the Page to the Stage at FringeNYC

The beauty of FringeNYC is that it demands creativity from the start at every level.

By way of example, I want to introduce you to the creativity and resourcefulness of our director, Pat Golden, and producer, Sue Conover Marinello.

ONAJE has set directions that specify a convertible with working lights, horn, and doors, a picnic table that might weigh several hundred pounds, and a working kitchen in a waterman’s house next to the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

FringeNYC is similar to a film festival in that a new performance goes up in the same space with only half an hour in between. Each play is given 15 minutes to set up and 15 minutes to break down the set. Obviously, we cannot assemble and deconstruct and store a set that contains a car, a big picnic table, and a kitchen in 15 minutes!

Nonetheless, ONAJE’s creative team is embracing the challenges as an opportunity to increase the impact of an already dramatic play — using light and sound and imaginative props to create a set that will be constructed in the minds of the audience.

Their ideas are already better than what was originally called for in the script.

Come see for yourself this October! We should know our venue and performance dates soon. If you’d like to secure advance tickets you can do so by helping us with a contribution: http://theplayonaje.com/contribute.

ONAJE’s creative team is embracing the challenges as an opportunity to increase the impact of an already dramatic play — using light and sound and imaginative props to create a set that will be constructed in the minds of the audience. Click To Tweet

Our Director is Golden

I am continually humbled by the amazing talents of the people who have come together to help bring ONAJE to life at FringeNYC. Two standouts are our tenacious, indispensable producer, Sue Connor Marinello, and our inspired, insightful director, Pat Golden. I am...

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ONAJE Staged Reading in L.A. a great success

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FringeNYC and Beginnings

On May 24, 2018, at 3:25 pm I received an email from the New York Fringe Festival (FringeNYC.org) telling me that my play, Onaje, was accepted for production in New York in October. At the heart of the play is the Civil Rights riots and burning of Cambridge, Maryland...

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About Robert Bowie, Jr.

Playwright and Poet Robert Bowie, Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland has had nine plays produced, including “There Ain’t No Wyoming” and “Naked House Painting Society” through The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and has several more scripts in development. Bowie’s political farce “Crash & Burn P.A.” was the only submission selected by the 2016 Festival Committee for a full production at Theatrical Mining Company, Baltimore. Bowie’s plays are focused on social justice and span a broad spectrum between drama and comedy. His subject matter ranges from plays about racial prejudice and civil rights to political farce. Bowie is a graduate of Harvard University and is the Poet Laureate of The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).

“Without the arts, we are a rudderless boat.”
— Robert Bowie, Jr.