“Black Thang” by Ato Essandoh is the story of Sam, a black man, and Mattie, a white woman, and what happens when their relationship progresses from merely a one-night stand to something more…but not without some controversy.
Meanwhile, Keisha (Mattie’s best friend), struggles to hold onto her relationship with her long-time boyfriend Omar, and Jerome (Sam’s best friend), tries to “school” him on the ins-and-outs of interracial dating.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
Come chat with the innovative and emerging director Sydney Chatman and The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit as they explore location specific productions with a twist: adding technology to enhance the theatrical experience and to create interactive theater.
This is a MUST-SEE two-day event that’s sure to have you wanting more!
WHEN: FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 & 3O, 2010
WHERE: IVAN/CARLSON STUDIOS 2224 W. FULTON Chicago, IL
TIME: RECEPTION 7:00 p.m. CURTAIN 7:30 p.m.
DONATION: until JANUARY 28TH-$15; DAY OF SHOW-$20
about the Tofu Chitlin Circuit: The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit is a theater conservatory located in the Bronzeville district of Chicago that seeks to push the boundaries of staged productions through technology and the integration of a variety of media in their works.
UPDATE: This show has been postponed. Stay tuned for forthcoming dates and times!
Stage Black, MPAACT 2009
In Stage Black a well-respected but under-produced African-American playwright, attempts to write the “perfect producible black play”. As the writer attempts to script the black play that falls within the comfort zones of white and black audiences, her subconscious leaps to the fore and her characters rebel. The rest… well, you’ll just have to see it to believe it.
according to Kerry Reid of the Chicago Tribune,
“Playwright Lydia Diamond’s sharp self-deprecating broadside against the worn-out tropes of African-American theater features a saintlike, albeit catatonic, black matriarch on a couch. This dig at the theatrical images of long-suffering black women, such as those found in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” isn’t completely original with Diamond. George C. Wolfe covered similar territory in 1986’s hit comedy revue “The Colored Museum” with his biting sketch, “The Last-Mama-on-the-Couch Play.” But Diamond brings her own unique spin to exploding the stereotypes.”
Thursdays & Fridays @ 8:30pm
Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 3:30pm
through March 1st
The Greenhouse Theatre – 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
“MPAACT exists to develop, nurture, and sustain Afrikan Centered Theatre (ACT), an artistic expression grounded in the many cultures and traditions of the Afrikan continent and its Diaspora” — The MPAACT website