BLACK THEATRE DAY
Black Theatre Day or #BlackTheatreDay (September 17) is an annual day of solidarity and service, to celebrate and support 21st century Black theatres in their ongoing efforts to build sustainable, institutional wealth.
In Fall 2021, The International Black Theatre Summit, biennially convened by The CRAFT Institute, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the African Grove Theatre’s opening night on September 17, 1821 by launching the inaugural #Black Theatre Day with a day of virtual events in collaboration with The Billie Holiday Theatre with some funding from The Black Seed. As the first known professional Black theatre company in the United States—composed of Black Americans and African-Caribbeans—the company launched the career of Ira Aldridge, who claimed to be an African prince as he toured Europe; arguably the greatest Shakespearean tragedian of all times. Currently staging a production of Carlyle Brown’s The African Company Presents Richard III, which recounts the story of their immense talent and experiences with racial bias, St. Louis Black Rep is one of many participating organizations hosting a series of such events to celebrate Black Theatre Day.
Black Theatre Day, as an annual celebration, increases visibility of Black Theatres to encourage donations of money, time and service throughout the year.
Over the past two years the Black Theatre Day campaign has been led by The International Black Theatre Summit and The CRAFT Institute. With additional support from WACO Theatre Center, Project1Voice, and Plowshares. Over the years, additional participants have included: Black Theatre Network, National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners, and more!
Stay connected throughout the year on CreateEnsemble.com, the official sponsor for Black Theatre Day.
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BLACK THEATRE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Listed are the events that took place on Sept 17, 2022 in celebration of Black Theatre Day. We look forward to uplifting the upcoming 2023 celebrations. If you have an event this Sept please share with email@example.com to be added to this list!
Be a part of Black Theatre in San Francisco and celebrate Black Theatre Day with us on 9/17!
In celebration of Black Theatre Day, SF is excited to announce the first ever BLACK THEATRE DAY on 9/17, an initiative to amplify Black-led theatre organizations and their Fall projects, in partnership with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, SF Recovery Theatre, AfroSolo, and African-American Shakespeare Co.
Ladies Ring Shout 2.0: Staged Reading Performances
Ladies Ring Shout 2.0 is a Black feminist quality-of-life performance project performed by Honey Pot Performance. Tickets can be bought here.
Go on an tell ‘em
The evening experience, “Go on an tell ‘em” is a showcase of monologues from know and unknown black playwrights, emboldening us to define and create what we want the future of black theater to look like for us, by us right here in the South. Tickets can be bought here.
The August Wilson Society (AWS) is pleased to continue its popular August Wilson's Ground lecture series by hosting yet another major voice on the enduring impact of August Wilson's American Century Cycle plays! This year's lecture, “Through the Mirror Backwards: The Past Presence in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle Plays,” will be delivered by Willa J. Taylor, who serves as the Walter Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Taylor will look at what seems to be prescient and cyclical conversations between the past and present that run throughout The American Century Cycle, with specific emphasis upon Wilson’s ninth play: KING HEDLEY II. More info here (https://bit.ly/AWSLecture_Sept22 )
August Wilson: Milestones in Black Theatre
New Works Writers Series presents August Wilson: Milestones in Black Theatre
The Blue Series: Bridges and Boundaries
The Blue Bistro Creative, APEX, and IMPACT Atlanta International Magazine are presenting the 8th installment of The Blue Series called The Blue Series: Bridges and Boundaries. The plays follow the descendants of one Black Family who are struggling within the American racist society from the time of Reconstruction to 2096. Tickets are on Eventbrite for $30. The show runs from Sep. 15-18. Tickets here.
The Legend of Bass Reeves
Floyd J. McCree Theatre presents "The Legend of Bass Reeves," two 1-act plays depicting the exploits of the first U.S. Deputy Marshall west of the Mississippi in the country, running September 15 - October 1, 2022.
All tickets $10.00. Call (810) 787-2200 for tickets or additional information.
Support Black Theatre
Support Black Theatre is announcing their new partnership with Ebony Repertory Theatre, and launching their SBT Speaker Series with a special guest artist to be in conversation with community members.
Los Angeles, CA
Denizen Arts' Walk the (pink) Elephant
Denizen Arts' Walk The (pink) Elephant at Philadelphia's Performance Garage. A world premier dance theater ritual of reckoning, defiance, regeneration and celebration in the face of black communities' ongoing struggle with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Tickets $12 - $25. Visit whitneyhunter.com/denizen or performancegarage.org for details.