Black Ensemble Theater is hosting its 8th annual Black Playwright's Festival, April 15 - 21 as part of the company's Black Playwright's Initiative (BPI). The festival will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark, and will bring new scripts to the stage for performance readings after development workshops and rehearsals.
The festival opens with a gala tribute in honor of Paul Oakley Stovall at 7:30 p.m. on April 15. The evening will include readings from his works including "Immediate Family," "Ape" and "Clear."
Paul Oakley Stovall
Other scheduled festival events include:
April 16, 7:30 pm: "The Last Word - A Dark Comedy in One Act," by Jil Ross and diirected by Rueben Echoles;
April 17, 7:30 pm: "Light - A Comedy Drama," by Jarrin Davis and directed by Daryl Brooks and Lyle Miller;
April 18, 7:30 p.m: "For Alice and August - A Drama," by Loy Webb and directed by Daryl Brooks;
April 19, 7:30 p.m: "Savage - A Drama," by Leonard M. Ferris and directed by Daryl Brooks;
April 20, 7:30 p.m: "The Holidays - A Musical," by Katrina Miller and directed by Rueben Echoles
April 21, 7:30 pm: "BPI Shorties" -- 10-minute plays written by members of the Black Playwright's Initiative and directed by Lyle Miller.
Tickets, $15 for each evening, or $50 for the entire festival, are available online at www.blackensemble.org or by calling (773) 769-4451.