Our Place Theatre Project
The 5th Annual African American Theatre Festival

The Our Place Theatre Project will present the 5th annual African American Theatre Festival at the Calderwood Theatre. Performances run from January 18 -30 and will feature four different evenings of theatre, including: “Ascension” by Cynthia Robinson; “Spunk” by Zora Neale Hurston adapted by George C. Wolfe with music by Chic Street Man; “Those That Came Before,” a celebration of work from the 60's by Ed Bullins; and “New Works,” an afternoon of short plays written by local playwrights Mary M. McCullough, Amy Merrill, Nicole Parker, Angela Counts, Frank A. Shefton, Stephanie Marson-Lee and Denise Washington.

The complete schedule is as follows:

“Ascension” (World Premiere)
By Cynthia Robinson
January, 19, 25, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and January 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Two slaves’ impending marriage is haunted by the woman's relationship with the master of the plantation. Selected in the Tribeca All Access Open Stage, a branch of Tribeca Films, for a staged reading directed by Kenny Leon. “Ascension” also received a reading at the Schomberg in Harlem. Directed by Robbie McCauley and starring Jacqui Parker, David Curtis, Jeff Gill and Linda Starks.

January 20, 22, 26, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and January 30 at 3:00 p.m.
By Zora Neal Hurston & George C. Wolfe

Three tales that celebrate the laughin' kind of lovin' kind of pain that comes from being human -- stories of survival told in the keys of the blues. Directed Jeff Robinson and starring: Fred Woodard (of the Fred Woodard Trio), Dorain Christian-Baucum, Jacqui Parker, David Curtis, Linda Starks and Darius Williams.

"Those That Came Before"
Celebrating Theatre Pioneer, Ed Bullins
January 18, 21, & 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Three short plays written by theatre legend Ed Bullins, featuring “Clara’s Ole Man,” directed by Jacqui Parker; “A Son, Come Home,” directed by Michelle Aguillion; and “Electronic Nigger,” directed by Darius Williams. Starring Karimah Williams, Valencia Hughes-Imani, Shauday Johnson-Jones, Mugisha Feruzi, Candace Lee, Bill Bruce, Amy Corral, Sarah Katz, Danny Maurino, Raymond Ramirez, Talaya Freeman, Claude Del and Cristian De Jesus .

New Works
January 22 & 29 at 2:00 p.m.

One act plays featuring loss, love, sisterhood and community written by local playwrights and performed by local actors. Many of the plays selected were the best of those developed and/or produced in Our Place Theatre workshops.

Our Place Theatre Project is a nonprofit organization funded in part by Sovereign Bank, The Lenny Foundations, Mass Cultural Council and Highland Bank.

All performances are at the Calderwood Theatre Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street. For information and tickets, call 617-933-8600 or visit www.bostontheatrescene.com.

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