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"Layon Gray is a renaissance man with imposing imagination."

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August 17,2019

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. 

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June 4, 2018

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.

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April 3, 2018

LAYON'S KINGS OF HARLEM WINS TOP AWARDS!!!

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!!!

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January 10, 2018

KINGS OF HARLEM SNAGS 5 NOMINATIONS IN MIAMI

Just announced!!! Kings Of Harlem written and directed by Layon Gray received FIVE Nominations for the 42nd Annual Carbonell Awards, Inc. - South Florida's Theatre & Arts Honors. 

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.com and 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.

REVIEW 1

REVIEW 2

REVIEW 3

November 18, 2016

LAYON ANNOUNCES NEW PLAY FOR 2017!!!

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.

April 15, 2015

Layon to Adapt play to book

Layon is turning his stage play "diary of a catholic school dropout" into a book.  Stay tuned for more information. Go the play's website at www.diaryofacatholicschooldropout.com

April 10,2015

Kings Of Harlem At Festival

Layon's play Kings Of Harlem was selected for the National Black Theatre Fesitval which will peform in August in North Carolina. 

March 25,2015

Black Angels Over Tuskegee continues to sell-out

BAOT continues to rock the NYC theatre scene now in its 6th year Off-Broadway.

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