Black Lives, Black Words is a new theatre movement comprised of short works by up and coming black playwrights from Chicago and London, that, through their plays, explore the black diaspora of experiences in some of the largest multicultural cities in the world – Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Baltimore, and London. All of these cities have had countless negative reports in the media, from police brutality to black on black violence, but what are the views and other issues most prevalent to those who understand, live and work in the community? This project gives voice to contemporary black writers from the US and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” These plays not only discuss these important issues but also seek to provide solutions to the many problems that our community is struggling with. The five plays to be performed include Everybody Loved Big E by Reginald Edmund, For Coloured Stoned Gay Boys by Aaron Holand, Father’s Day by Max K, A View of Her Own Beauty by Isaac Ssebandeke, and Thanks for Coming by Theresa Ikoko.
Following the plays there will be an interactive audience talk-back led by Managing Producer, Reginald Edmund.
Reginald Edmund, is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and an Artistic Associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, he was a 2010-2011 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center. His play Southbridge was runner up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards, and most recently named winner of the 2010 Southern Playwrights’ Competition and the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play. His nine play series titled ‘The City of the Bayou Collection’, include The Ordained Smile of Sadie May Jenkins, The Last Cadillac, Daughters of the Moon, Southbridge, Juneteenth Street, The Redemption of Allah Black and others were developed at esteemed theaters including Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Playwright Center-Minneapolis, Pangea World Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre, Yaddo, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, and the MacDowell Colony. Reginald Edmund received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University in ‘09. He is currently the Managing Curating Producer for Black Lives Black Words International Project.
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Saturday, February 20 from 7:00-9:00pm