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DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago's South Shore (photo courtesy of the DuSable Museum).
The Black Ensemble Theater and The DuSable Museum of African American History have announced The Jackie Taylor Drama Series, presented for nine performances, April 7-22, 2018, at The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, in the Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium.
A partnership between two legendary Chicago institutions—Black Ensemble Theater and The DuSable Museum of African American History, The Jackie Taylor Drama Series consists of three dramatic plays written by members of Black Ensemble Theater’s Black Playwrights Initiative (BPI), an educational incubator for aspiring Black playwrights. The series will feature works that are relevant to current events and speak to the demise of recent racial equity issues.
Plays and performances for series include National Anthem by Ervin Gardner and directed by Jackie Taylor (April 7 and 8, 2018). The one act play speaks to the controversy surrounding professional athletes and their right to peacefully protest. Also programmed is The Plea by Reginald Williams, directed by Daryl D. Brooks and featuring Taylor (April 14 and 15). The Plea addresses the violence epidemic that has engulfed so many Chicago area communities, resulting in senseless murders, the hopelessness and traumatic mental anguish that has consumed our neighborhoods. Finally, the series will present The Shadow of Justice by L. Maceo Ferris and directed by Rueben D. Echoles (April 21 and 22). In this drama, two young Black police detectives, one woman and one man, are forced to face corruption, brutality and murder in a South Side Chicago police precinct where they have been assigned. They grapple with the challenge to accept business as usual or care enough to try and change a racist status quo.
All performances in the series will be followed by a discussion pertaining to the issues presented in each play led by the actors and the playwrights. WVON is the official radio sponsor for The Jackie Taylor Drama Series.
For more information about The Jackie Taylor Drama Series or to purchase tickets visit at www.blackensemble.org, or call (773) 769-4451.