“I have been chosen to tell stories that erupt the soul and shed a beacon of light on those people or things that have been forgotten. To be a conduit from the past to the present – I accept that challenge.”
Layon just penned a movie screenplay version of his award winning play Kings Of Harlem. More exciting news about the project coming soon.
LAYON JUST DROPPED AN ANTHOLOGY OF 8 OF HIS PLAYS!!!
For the "first time" we're releasing to the public 8 plays written by Layon Gray for your reading pleasure All IN ONE BOOK!!!! :) Plays included are: Meet Me At The Oak, Cowboy, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, WEBEIME, Kings Of Harlem, Searching for Willie Lynch, Black Spartaand the world premiere play Willy Bobo. This is an exclusive limited print which will also be personally signed. Get your copy before they are gone! Thank you all for the love!!!! click here for info: http://www.layongray.com/book
COWBOY QUICKLY PICKED UP BY REGIONAL THEATRES AFTER SELL OUT SHOWS!!!
Layon Gray's new play COWBOY, the story of BASS REEVES was quickly picked up by regional theatres in Pittsburgh and Miami to be apart of their upcoming 2019/2020 seasons!!! The Buzz about this play is insanely incredible. Stay tuned for dates.
July 31, 2019
AUDIENCES SNEAK IN SOLD OUT SHOWS OF COWBOY!
Layon Gray's new play COWBOY, the story of BASS REEVES is causing a mad serge of excitement at the National Black Theatre Festival. Because the show sold out so quickly - patrons are sneaking in to get a glimpse of all the excitement of COWBOY.
July 25, 2019
SET TO ROCK NBTF WITH SOLD OUT SHOWS!!!
Layon Gray's new play COWBOY, the story of BASS REEVES sells out all performances at the National Black Theatre Festival in TWO DAYS!
April 25, 2019
SOCIAL MEDIA DISCOUNT FOR BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE!!!!
We're giving Layon Gray fans a chance to see his powerful play _ Black Angels Over Tuskegee for a low online discount. Tickets $39.50 ( Reg. $69.50) Go to website www.Telechargeoffers.com and use code BASOC39. We look forward to seeing you at the the show!!
April 15, 2019
LAYON GRAY"S NEW PLAY ABOUT BASS REEVES!
Layon Gray's new play COWBOY - a story about Bass Reeves has been selected as a mainStage production at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival. Bass Reeves, the first African American deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Many believe he was the inspiration for the Lone Ranger! The festival will take place July 29- August 3, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC.
February 1, 2019
MEET ME AT THE OAK TO OPEN IN MIAMI
Layon Gray's award winning play Meet At The The Oak will debut in Miami February 7- 24, 2019. The M Ensemble brings Layon's award winning play to Florida. The company had award winning success with Layon's play Kings Of Harlem. This will mark the first time the play has been performed in 15 years. For tickets log on to www.themensemble.com
December 1, 2018
FREE STAGED READING IN NEW YORK FOR MEET ME AT THE OAK
See a FREE staged reading of Layon Gray's award winning play Meet At The The Oak on Thursday December 20th- 7:30PM. The reading will take place at the Actors Temple Theatre - 339 W 47th St ( b/w 8th & 9) in Times Square. Doors Open at 7pm. Join us.
November 23, 2018
AUDITIONS FOR MEET ME AT THE OAK - MIAMI 2019
Auditions are set for December 3rd and December 4th 2018 in Miami for Layon Gray's 2003 award winning play Meet At The The Oak. He will fly to south beach to see the best actors in Miami for this award wining play. Cast to be finalized by December 30th.
September 17, 2018
MEET ME AT THE OAK WILL PLAY MIAMI 2019
Layon Gray's 2003 award winning play will be going to Miami Feb 7 through February 25th 2019. Meet At The The Oak won 15 Theatre Awards in Los Angeles and will be making its regional performance with the M Ensemble. Layon struck gold with the M Ensemble in March 2018 whereas his play Kings Of Harlem won 5 Corbonell Awards. Ticket information coming soon.
September 14, 2018
BLACK SPARTA GOES TO PITTSBURGH NOVEMBER 2018
New Horizon Theatre Company in Pittsburgh will bring Black Sparta to its audiences to open its new season!!! Performances are November 9, 10, 11 2018 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by calling ( 412) 431 - 0773. or by clicking here.
September 12, 2018
BLACK SPARTA TWO HAVE TO BACKERS PERFORMANCES IN NEW YORK
Layon's play Black Sparta will have (2) backers performance for its televison series Saturday Nov 3rd - 3pm and Wednesday November 7th at 2pm. Actors Temple Theatre - 339 West 47th St Off-Broadway. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here
June 8, 2018
SPARTA FLYS INTO NEW YORK FOR AN OFF-BROADWAY RUN!!
Layon's play Black Sparta will run June 30th - August 18th at the Actors Temple. The woman warriors in the Black Panther movie were inspired by the women of Black Sparta. Get tickets for this strictly limited run.
BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE FLYING HIGH THIS SUMMER!!
Layon's play Black Angels Over Tuskegee will run June 23rd - August 18th at the Actors Temple. The most powerful story of the Tuskegee Airmen is now on stage! Don't miss it! Now in its 9th Year Off-Broadway.
Layon's play Kings Of Harlem wins the most of awards go any play at the 42nd Annual Corbonell Awards in South Beach. Best Production , Best Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor. To read all bout it click link below!!!
Best Production Of A Play - Kings Of Harlem
Best Ensemble - Kings Of Harlem
Best Director - Layon Gray
Best Supporting Actor - Andre Gainey
Best Scenic Design - Mitch Ost
The Awards show is April 2nd in South Beach.
December 20, 2017
BLACK SPARTA TO BE A MOVIE
Layon is developing his powerful stage play Black Sparta into a feature film. Stay tuned for more details.
April 19, 2017
LAYON'S ( 2 MAN) PLAY TO HAVE A READING AT THE SIGNATURE THEATRE IN NEW YORK
The legendary Negro Ensemble Company will present a "staged reading" of Layon Gray's new 2 man play... WILLE & BOBO. the play is a spin off the classic play "A Raisin In The Sun." The reading will take play on Sunday May 7th at 7pm. The Signature Theatre is located at 480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $20 following the reading will be a talk back and reception. For tickets call (212) 279 4200.
April 1, 2017
LAYON'S PLAY "THE GIRLS OF SUMMER" RETURNS FOR 3 PERFORMANCES IN NEW YORK!
The play will perform in Trenton, New Jersey on May 6th and have 2 New York city performances on Thursday May 11th and 18th at 8pm. THE PLAY: Set in 1945, Chicago, the coach of an all black female baseball team prepares them for an exhibition game against the Rockford Peaches, ( A League of Their Own) an all-white female team and champions of the AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League) Racism and deceit are brought to light as this powerful drama unveils the truth beneath the surface. WINNER of the NAACP Award for Best Play. For a LIMITED TIME get your New York discounted tickets for $29.50. go to www.BroadwayOffers.comand used code GSFNF. THIS- SHOW - WILL - SELL - OUT! A Powerful ALL- FEMALE - CAST!!! For more information log on to www.TheGirlsOfSummer.org
March 27, 2017
LAYON'S NEW PLAY "BLACK SPARTA" INVITED TO THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017
Layon Gray's new play about the Dahomey Warriors is an official selection of the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival. THE PLAY: In the territory of Benin, then known as Dahomey, a group of female African warriors with spears, and machetes fought the French with its top-of-the-line weaponry in a bloody battle for the freedom of their country at the height of the transatlantic slave trade." Performances dates are July 31- August 5th in Winston-Salem, NC. For more information on the show log on to www.BlackSparta.com
January 16, 2017
BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKGEE MOVES INTO YEAR 8 OFF-BROADWAY
Layon Gray's Black Angels Over Tuskegee continues it's incredible Off-Broadway run now in YEAR 7. Performing on Thursday nights. Get tickets for the anniversary show at www.BlackAngelsOver Tuskegee.com
January 15, 2017
CRITICS IN MIAMI ARE PRAISING LAYON'S KINGS OF HARLEM!
And the reviews are coming in. Miami declares Kings Of Harlem THE FIRST MUST SEE SHOW OF THE YEAR!!! " Gray has staged some spectacular moves, and sequences evoking the jazz and swing era that are absolutely thrilling." READ THE REVIEWS BELOW.
We are happy to announce the first new original play coming in 2017 from Layon Gray American Theatre Company will be THE N' NONMITON by Layon Gray. BY FAR his most challenging emotionally charged piece to write to date!
The Dahomey Warriors were an all-female military regiment of the Fon people of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. They existed from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. They are the only documented all-female official front-line combat arms military unit in modern history. Feared throughout Western Africa for over 250 years, not only for their fanatical devotion to battle, but for their utter refusal to back down or retreat from any fight. They were BLACK SPARTA! Workshop castings begins in New York and Los Angeles soon!! 10 African and or African American women of all sizes and shapes. This play is spoken with dialect. For more information email casting@LGATCO.com
November 13, 2016
MIAMI LAYON GRAY IS COMING 2017
Layon's Kings Of Harlem will have a 4 week mount in Miami at the new Sandrell Rivers Theater. January 5-29 2017. Layon will travel to Miami for the month of December to direct this new Miami cast! Tickets on sale soon!
September 1, 2016
KINGS OF HARLEM RETURNS
Layon's Kings Of Harlem will play in New York on September 14, 22, and 29th before it tours. Don't miss this powerful show!!! 3 SHOWS ONLY!! Get tickets at www.KingsOfHarlem.com
August 30, 2016
BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE TOURS 2016
Layon's Black Angels Over Tuskegee will travel this fall to 2 cities. Charlottesville Va on October 27th and New Haven Conn on November 4th. You can still see the show in New York City every Wednesday night. for Tickets go to www.BlackAngelsOverTuskegee.com.
July 30, 2016
Two of Layon's plays will tour fall 2016
Layon's Kings Of Harlem and Black Angels Over Tuskegee will travel this fall to 3 cities. Black Angels Over Tuskegee is now in its 7th year Off-Broadway. Breaking records for an all-male show.
May 1, 2016
Layon Selected For Broadway League First Fellowship Award
Layon will work with 2 veteran Broadway producers to learn the facets of producing a commercail Broadway production. This is the first time the Broadway League has extended such an opportunity. Layon is excited to be the first in the League's history.
February 29, 2016
NEC and Signature Theatre Reading Of Layon's Play
Layon's unique play Searching For Wilie Lynch will have a staged reading at the Signature Theater on March 20th - 7pm. Its presented by the Negro Ensemble Company. Tickets are $20. For More info log on to www.NEC.org
February 28, 2016
Black Angels Over Tuskegee Tours
Layon's powerful play Black Angels Over Tuskegee completes a 5 city tour during January and February. The show played to sell-out audiences in DC, Arizona, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Delaware. More cities to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
December 3, 2015
KINGS OF HARLEM gets its swag on!
Top clothing brand "47 Brand" and "The Black Fives" send KIngs Of Harlem cast members Harlem Rens gear. The play will be back up in spring 2016. www.KingsOfHarlem.com
November 25, 2015
BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE announces tour dates
Layon's powerful play Black Angels Over Tuskegee has annonuced the first leg of its national 2016 tour. States include Vermont, Arizona, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Delaware. More cities announced soon.
November 8, 2015
Layon directs GIRLS OF SUMMER in Los Angeles
Layon will direct his powerful show The Girls Of Summer in Los Angeles December 11,12,13 at the Avery Schreiber Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets log on to www.TheGirlsOfSummer.org
October 14, 2015
Layon's play KINGS OF HARLEM snags (2) NYC Audelco Nominations
Kings of Harlem receives a Best Ensemble nomination and Layon receives Best Choreography. The event will take place November 17, 2015 at Symphony Space in New York City.
October 10, 2015
Free staged reading in NY of SEARCHING FOR WILLIE LYNCH
Layon Gray American Theatre Company will present a FREE staged reading of the play on Wednesday October 28, 8pm at St Luke's Theatre in Midtown. No reservations are needed. House opens at 7:30pm.
October 3, 2015
Layon Gray's play SEARCHING FOR WILLIE LYNCH goes to PA.
Layon's play Searching For Willie Lynch will perfom at Cheyney Universtiy on October 29th. For more information click HERE
October 6, 2015
Layon Gray creates new Web-Series for his stage play Kings Of Harlem
Writer director Layon Gray takes us behind the scenes to look at how he wrote and created the Kings Of Harlem. A 15 part series. Click like to subscribe. (click)
June 6, 2015
Kevin Spacey Foundation selects Layon as a finalsit
Layon has been "shortlisted" from the United States to write and develop a new stage play with a grant from Kevin Spacey and his foundation. Click LINK
May 15, 2015
Black Angels Over Tuskegee to perform for the Buffalo Bills
Coach Rex Ryan has reached out to Layon to bring his award winning play to Buffalo to perform a private show for the team in September.