Brown Sugar Bake-Off: A Black Woman Play Festival

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The Brown Sugar Baes

Submission Window: July 10 - September 3, 2021 

Free Playwriting Workshop: August 7, 2021

Virtual Festival: Fall 2021


Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, the Two Strikes Theatre Brown Sugar Bake-Off is a celebration of Black women creatives and the stories they have to tell. In our second year, the Brown Sugar Bake-Off will focus on a new theme: BODY.  Misogynoir, colorism, objectification, and body-shaming are a part of the Black woman’s experience. This year’s focus is on what it means to take ownership after an undeniable history of the policing of Black and Brown bodies. 


We are searching for Black women and non-binary playwrights to write short plays using the ingredients and recipe below.  A panel of readers will select the plays for virtual production in October 2021.   Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.


The Recipe:

  • Playwrights must identify as Black women or non-binary

  • Submissions can be in any form but cannot exceed 10 pages (10 minutes or less).

  • Submission must have 5 characters or less

  • The piece must feature a Black woman/non-binary protagonist

  • Must include ALL of the following ingredients. 


The Ingredients (can be physical, literal or symbolic):

  • a mirror

  • shapewear

  • a fitting room

  • peach /“peach emoji”

  • BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • Colorism

  • Brown Sugar


The Submission Window has closed.

Check back for updates on the selected plays and playwrights.


  • The submission must be a PDF attachment, with the playwright’s name and contact information removed from the actual script

  • Submissions must include a character list containing the genders and ages of characters if applicable


Brown Sugar FREE Playwriting Workshop (led by Director of Play Development):

 This free virtual workshop is designed for those who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin or need a refresher on how to write a short play. Interested in joining the workshop on August 7th @ noon? Please email to sign up.



Cast and Crew notice:

We are also looking for cast and crew interested in participating in the virtual festival.  If you are interested, please submit using the following Cast and Crew Google Form located HERE.

Have questions?  Email us at

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This project is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (