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"Playwright  Layon Gray has a gift for turning a wide range of stories from Black history into engaging, thought-provoking 21st-century drama."

- Miami Herald


Layon has earned more than 80 nominations and awards for his works. Among the honors are: 2021 Broadway World Awards for (Best Director, Best Actor, Best Play, Best Production Of The Year) for his play Cowboy, 2021 NYC AUDELCO Award for Kings Of Harlem, 2019 Detroit Distinguished Playwright Award, 2018 Miami Carbonell Awards (Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Production) for his play Kings of Harlem, 2016 Broadway League Fellowship, 2012 NYC Inspire Award, 2012, Al Sharpton Man of Vision Award, 2012 PCTF Award (Best Director) 2010 NY AUDELCO Award (Achievement Award for Excellence); 2009 NAACP Award (Best Ensemble Award); 2009 Hollywood ADA Award (Best Ensemble Award); to name a few. Black Angels Over Tuskegee, his play about the Tuskegee Airmen tours all around the country and has been commissioned by The NFL, U.S. Army,

and The Smithsonian Institute among others. It is in development for a Broadway run 2024/2025.


The film versions of his award - winning plays Kings Of Harlem, and Cowboy are both in early development as feature films. His latest stage play de MOOR, about a black knight at King Arthur's round table of Camelot, debuted in Pittsburgh in November, and his two man play about Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx titled Foxx/Pryor will debut Off - Broadway summer 2024. He was recently accepted into the BMI Musical Workshop in Manhattan to work on his new musical entitled

New Orleans The Musical.  He is currently writing a play called Feed The Beast about  the Tuskegee Study Experiments  of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. It will debut in July 2024. For more information on Lay’s work log on to or follow him on Instagram @LayonGray.


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