Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Mel Nieves & Cost of Exposure

CapturePlaywright’s NameMel Nieves

Tell us about your latest project:

It’s a two character one act between a husband, who is a writer, and his wife, a former dancer. The play explores the fine line of “writing what you know” and “exploitation” when the husband decides to write a fictional account of a tragic moment in their relationship that has haunted both of them in different ways.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

T. Marc Newell has been such a supporter of my work over the years going back to when the festival was at the Cherry Lane Theatre that I truly feel that the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival along with the LAByrinth Theatre Company, Barefoot Theatre company and The Actors Studio Playwright-Director Unit/Workshop is one of my true artistic homes.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

I will be shooting a film as an actor in April and I’m also currently working on a screenplay that I was hired to write which will be filmed in September in West palm Beach Florida.


Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm
HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at or by calling 212-352-3101

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