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April 30, 2019 Press Release for the winning script of The 2019 Dr. Gaffney Playwriting Competition:


Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep

Sharece M. Sellem   


Spring of 1929 in Harlem, a season before the stock market crashed and the Great Depression paralyzed the world.  Still, the streets are filled with glittering lights and for an innocent Daisy, who only wants to find her sister while four urgent women show her how to grow in concrete.


The play is for 6 actors

Playwright's Bio:

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Sharece resides in New Haven.  She was trained by American Intercontinental University’s Media Production Program, Headlong Performance Institute of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Yale’s Practical Approach to Directing Summer Program. 



 Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African American Experience.

This competition is open to full time undergraduate students in the United States.


The Gaffney Prize, now in its thirteenth year, awards $1000 to the winning author along with travel and lodging to participate in the play’s staged reading Saturday morning, May 11th  as part of the Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego.  Jurors for this year’s award are MFA playwrights Vivian Barnes, Dave Harris and Ava Geyer.  The Theatre & Dance Department wishes to thank the work of the jurors, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and also the Gaffney family for lending Dr. Floyd Gaffney’s name to this national event - recognizing Dr. Gaffney’s achievement in African American theatre.



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Sellem (center), Director Stephen Buescher (second to the left) and the MFA student cast of Daisies on Harlem's Doorstep staged reading May 11, 2019
Read the article, New Haven Playwright Finds Her Story in Harlem here!