eta Creative Arts Foundation is participateing in Project1Voice/1PLAY/1DAY 2016. Now in its 6th consecutive year, Project1Voice/1PLAY/1DAY is an international, same-day, staged reading series that revives and reintroduces neglected—forgotten and/or underappreciated—seminal works by Black playwrights for the American theatre. This year, museums, theatres and other diverse artistic, educational and social institutions in over 23 states are partnering with Project1Voice/1PLAY/1DAY as it seeks to honor and celebrate the Black global experience through multi-ethnic community partnerships that reflect the historical roots of each participating city.
A reading of The Colored Museum by two-time Tony Award winning playwright, George C. Wolfe on June 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. The Colored Museum – told through a series of 11 exhibits—explores the journey of self-identification, which shows both Black history and the impact of African culture within America. Satire and dark comedy are used to expose the audience to a different look into the identity crisis that people of African descent struggle with. The Colored Museum celebrates its 30th year anniversary this year.
Playwright George C. Wolfe won Tony Awards for his direction of the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and for Tony Kushner’s Angel’s in America: Millennium Approaches. His additional Broadway productions include Lucky Guy; The Normal Heart; A Free Man of Color; Topdog/Underdog; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Perestroika; the musicals Caroline, or Change; The Wild Party; On The Town; Jelly’s Last Jam; and Elaine Stritch’s one-woman show At Liberty. Producer of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival from 1993-2005, he also wrote the award-winning The Colored Museum, adapted/- directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the Apollo Theater, and conceived/directed “A Broadway Celebration of the American Musical at the White House.” He directed the films You’re Not You and “Lackawanna Blues” (HBO), for which he won the Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, a Christopher Award, and the Humanitas Prize. His most recent is the reimaging of the 1921 musical Shuffle Along now playing at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.
About eta Creative Arts Foundation
eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in April, 1971, as a nonprofit tax exempt organization to provide training and performance opportunities for youth and adults. In the past 45 years, eta has become widely recognized as one of Chicago’s leading African American owned and managed performing and cultural arts complexes of its kind in the city. eta has a commitment to the production of new works and the development of the individual artist.