Larry Powell

Larry Powell

Larry Powell is a multi-hyphenate artist hailing from South Central Los Angeles but based in New York City. He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Writing plays since he was twelve years old, on the backs of brown paper shopping bags when he had no writing paper, while known mostly as a successful theatre actor, Larry is a writer first.

His first splash made as a...
Larry Powell is a multi-hyphenate artist hailing from South Central Los Angeles but based in New York City. He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Writing plays since he was twelve years old, on the backs of brown paper shopping bags when he had no writing paper, while known mostly as a successful theatre actor, Larry is a writer first.

His first splash made as a playwright was a self-produced 29Hour Workshop in NYC of his play Dreams Of A Prophet: A play with music Directed by Carl Cofield. Then, Larry’s 10 minute Play, Easy To Fall In Love, premiered in the 2015 Obie Award Winning Season of the Fire This Time Festival in NYC and was directed by Tonya Pinkins and TJ Weaver. This was his official writing premier in NYC.

Since then, Larry has gone on to be invited to the Lark Play Development Center's Summer Playwright's Retreat co-hosted with NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse up at Vassar as an Actor/Writer. Here he began to work on his now full-length play, REALNESS, which continues to be developed at The Lark. His play Lost Dog will have its world premiere this fall at the Los Angeles Theatre Center as a part of Latino Theatre Company’s season after receiving workshops/readings The Cell/Primary Stages/San Francisco Playhouse/Los Angeles Theatre Center. His play, Titty Boy, received a public workshop reading at National Black Theatre's Keep Soul Alive Reading Series and was directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke. His play Night Cap was featured in February 2016 as apart of the Fire This Time Festival's Full-Length Readings and continues to be developed. He is also working on a full-length feature version of his play Titty Boy entitled Mother's Milk. Most recently he finished a new play at Theresa Rebeck's Writer's Colony called The Wombmen.

Plays

  • REALNESS
    REALNESS investigates who exacty defines the authentic self and what it can mean to fight for the truest expression of that authentic self. The play follows a lovable young, gifted and black protagonist Ramsey Moore as he shows up to New York City ready to take on the steep and rigorous mountain of an Acting Conservatory Training Program. The Conservatory, while famous for its alumni, is notorious for not being...
    REALNESS investigates who exacty defines the authentic self and what it can mean to fight for the truest expression of that authentic self. The play follows a lovable young, gifted and black protagonist Ramsey Moore as he shows up to New York City ready to take on the steep and rigorous mountain of an Acting Conservatory Training Program. The Conservatory, while famous for its alumni, is notorious for not being the safest place for a young artist of color. Coming off the heels of a destructive hurricane in Houston, TX he has lost everything-- including his financial aid and ability to solidify housing through the conservatory. Sleeping in libraries, on schoolmate's couches, and finally in Penn Station -- ready to throw in the towel-- he meets Jackie Prodigy, Legendary Mother of the House of Providence. She makes a deal with him that if he wins A Ball (A Vogue Ball) he can stay with her and her other wayward kids at The House of Providence. All Hell Breaks Loose and through a sort of Fierce and Fabulous Alchemy... a true Ramsey emerges. REALNESS explores questions of Race, Sexuality, Gender, Identity, Authenticity, Art, Privilege, and Class in the celebrated yet often misappropriated world of the Drag/Vogue Ballroom Scene and the secret world of the acting Conservatory.