The Beggars' Strike is the first play that award-winning playwright Carlyle Brown has written for young people and families. During the two-year development process, Brown was CTC's playwright-in-residence through the Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. The Negro of Peter the Great, based on the unfinished novella by Alexander Pushkin, premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival during the 2000-2001 season and has been nominated for an American Theater Critics Award. Other plays include The African Company Presents Richard III, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, and others. He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is a recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Mr. Brown is a core alumnus of the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis and an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York.