February 7 – February 10, 2013
***Due to the blizzard, “The Patron Saint of Plants” will be rescheduled for a later date. Sunday show is still scheduled at 2:30pm.
Curated and directed by George Ferencz
A festival of concert play readings celebrating Black History Month.
HIDING IN THE GARDEN
by Bridget Kelso
Thursday, February 7th at 7:30pm
Fifteen years ago, Cassie and Ham’s son was sold away. The Civil War is over, and freedom has come, so they set out to find their son, picking up friends and strangers along the way. But everyone soon discovers that freedom can mean different things to different people.
Featuring: April Armstrong, Brittney Benson, Sheila Dabney, Arthur French, Jason Marx, John-Andrew Morrison, Shawn Nabors & Chinaza Uche
by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm
An American actor who pioneered roles for African Americans and a champion of civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s, Canada’s career was cut short by the House Un-American Activities Committee
Featuring: Richarda Abrams, James Edward Becton, Timothy Doyle, Arthur French, Matt Luceno, Jason Marx & Jenne Vath
THE PATRON SAINT OF PLANTS
by Keith Josef Adkins
Saturday, February 9th at 7:30
George Washington Carver was a botanist, an artist and a devotee of Booker T. Washington. The Patron Saint of Plants follows Carver on his controversial journey of race and gender to becoming America’s favorite peanut man.
Featuring: Lynnette R. Freeman, Cristina Lippolis, Curtis McClarin, Dan McGlaughlin,Hillel Meltzer, Larry Powell, Jacopo Rampini & Chinaza Uche
LUCY PARSONS: ANARCHIST
by Howard Pflanzer
Sunday, February 10th at 2:30 pm
CHICAGO: 1886 HAYMARKET BOMBING A CONSPIRACY TRIAL
Experience the unconquerable spirit of Lucy Parsons.
A woman of African descent fighting for justice, labor and radical social change during the rise of organized labor in America.
Featuring: April Armstrong, Chris Johnson, Kevin Kash, Matt Luceno, Florence Marcisak, Jason Marx, Jim Seaman, Jenne Vath, Anni Weisband &T.D. White
SHOWTIMES: Thurs – Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2:30pm