Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor
Black Ensemble Theatre
4450 N Clark St
Now until Sept 9th
Fri at 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Sat 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 8:00PM, 10:30 PM
Sun 3:00 PM & 5:30 PM
Tickets: $49.50 - $65.00

Step on in to Ricky's Place, where the drinks are flowing, the dance floor is full and the band never stops. This is Ricky's Place and there is no other Blues Club like it on the planet! Join Ricky and his regulars Dwight Neal, Theo Huff, Rhonda Preston, Cynthia Carter, Kelvin Davis and Lamont Harris as they tear the house down singing the blues made famous by the greatest blues artists of all time like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, KoKo Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Fleetwood Mac and Buddy Guy just to name a few.

Presented by The Promethean Theatre
Athenaeum Theatre
Studio One
2936 N Southport Ave
Now until Aug 25
Thurs - Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 2:00 PM
Tickets: $29, Seniors $24, Students $19

It's 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they're seemingly blissful to follow the "rules" of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that's just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted.

By Carlyle Brown
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
The Oak Park Festival Theatre at
Austin Gardens
167 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL
Now thru Sept 1
Thurs-Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 7:00 PM, Plus special Wed, Aug 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $32 Gen. Adm, Seniors $27, Students $15

Forty years before the Civil War, a little known war took place in Manhattan, NY. This war was
battled not on a field, but on a stage by a group of Black actors performing the words
of a dead White poet.

When the sun rises, these actors put on masks, playing the parts of maids and waiters
that society has cast them in. But when the sun goes down, this groups of artists finds their voice
along with their feelings as they discover themselves in Shakespeare's poetry. And they are not
alone, their production of RICHARD III performs with such artistry and passion it attracts white
and black audiences alike, is critically acclaimed, and has the theatre filled to overflowing six
days a week. That is, until a prominent white company rents the theatre next door to open their
own production of Richard -- and is determined to shut down the African company's show at any
cost.It is a behind the scenes story like no other -- funny, uncompromising and uniquely American.

By August Wilson
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
Court Theatre
5535 S Ellis Ave
Aug 30 - Sept 30
Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun at 7:30 PM
Say & Sun at 2:00 PM
Tickets: $50 - $74. Student discounts available. Rush ticket discounts for $15 tickets
may be on sale at the box office window starting 1 hour before performance, based on availability.

Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood's history at risk. Radio Golf is the tenth and final play in August Wilson's American Century Cycle, and Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson's seventh production in the cycle at Court Theatre. Featuring James T. Alfred, Allen Gilmore, Ann Joseph, James Vincent Meredith, and Alfred H. Wilson.

By George Stevens, Jr.
Directed by Benny Sato Ambush
Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport
The Oak Park Theatre Festival
Dominican University
7900 W. Division St
River Forest, IL
Two fundraising performances only. Sat Sept 8 at 8:00 PM and
Sun Sept 9 at 3:00 PM. Champagne reception follows
Tickets: $50.

Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport as Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to
sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood spans Marshall's impressive career as a lawyer, arguing
such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education. "Thurgood Marshall is the Civil
Rights Movement's unsung hero," say Davenport. "His nomination to the Supreme Court
literally changed America. Looking to the future sometimes means revisiting the past. By doing
this play, I hope to remind, maybe even forewarn people that the politics of our country and
the laws governing our nation, based on the Constitution of the United States, apply to,
and protect all Americans. Not just the rich, not just the privileged, and certainly not just the
interests of certain individuals. Thurgood gives us hope and the assurance that one man
can make a difference!"

By Lanie Robertson
Congo Square Theatre Company
2936 N Southport Ave.
Sept 7 - Oct 7
Thur, Fri and Sat at 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun at 3:00 PM
Tickets: $25.00 - 35.00

Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday.
This iconic figure is haunted by her fall from grace in society and yet no one can deny her artistry.