Scene for Belinda Walker's "Cuz" Play Streams at New York City's New Federal Theatre this Weekend

Rancho Cucamonga's Phillip E. Walker-MFA directs Brooklyn's Antwain Lewis and Hollywood's Mark Winn in a scene from Belinda Walker's work-in-progress. Viewable on New Federal Theatre website beginning this Friday night, Lonnie Ford was understudy.
MANHATTAN, N.Y. - May 25, 2022 - PRLog -- Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre presents the 2021-2022 End-Of-Season Workshop Presentations streaming on its website this coming weekend. Delivering Acting scenes at 7:00pm on Wednesday and Beginning Playwright scenes at 7:00pm on Thursday, Belinda Walker's "Cuz" will be the 2nd Advance Playwriting scene to debut at 7:00pm EST on Friday, May 27, 2022.

Set in an upscale home in a small Georgia town during the early 2000's, "Cuz" is the story of two young African American first cousins bickering over the rights to land left them to share when their 100-year-old grandfather passes.

Reading the off screen narration is NFT Advanced Playwriting student Belinda Walker. She is an actor and writer who has also studied at the New Short Play Festival. Belinda says, "thanks to my fabulous cast and director".

Continuing to be available until midnight EST Sunday morning (5/29/22), following each 7:00pm debut screening, all NFT 2022 Workshop Presentations will be viewable for free at

Having earned 15+ directing awards, including the inaugural Black Lady International Film Festival Best Director nod for "2022 Black History Month", PhillipEWalker leads the "Cuz" readers in their 12 minute presentation. PhilE (stagename) successfully represents short films thru

Antwain Lewis plays the lawyer cousin Jeff. This talented performer was last seen on stage at New Perspectives Theater in Zakeia Cross' "Running Out of Time". Currently a New Federal Theatre Acting student under Petronia Paley, his other stage credits include: "Was it Me", "Their Eyes Were Watching God", "This Book Ain't Been Written", "Lulu Dance", etc.

Mark Winn plays the ex-con cousin Omar. Mr. Winn is a star of stage, screen, film, TV, and commercial print ads who is more than happy to be a part of the New Federal Theatre's production of "Cuz".

Understudy Lonnie Ford is a renowned San Francisco stage & film actor. He is touring Nationwide with his one-man-show "Chaza ~ techniques used to deal with oppression" - a play about youth options.

With Kermit Frazier, Cassandra Medley, and Richard Wesley having instructed the 2022 NFT Advance Playwrights, Bronx playwright Ajene D. Washington is the historic Theatre's Training Program Coordinator. Elizabeth Van Dyke serves as NFT Producing Artistic Director supported by Company Manager Patricia White.

With the "Cuz" reading listed on the web at, this week's proceedings are dedicated to the memory of Beginning Playwrights instructor P. J. Gibson and to the late Kariyma Jo Ann Nelson.

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