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Black History Month in NOLA Theatre

Happy February! Join local New Orleans Theatre in celebrating Black History Month.

Amistad Research Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Dashiki Project Theatre

For two nights during Black History Month, the Amistad Research Center and Dashiki Project Theatre come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dashiki Project Theater with a revival of “A Hand is on the Gate;” a theatrical production arranged by Roscoe Lee Brown and adapted and directed by the late Dr. Ted Gilliam. The production includes African American music and poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Mari E. Evans, Julian Bond, Margaret Walker, and James Weldon Johnson. Amistad, which houses Dashiki’s collection, will also curate a series of contemporary multimedia images to highlight how the themes of the production are relevant to racial and socioeconomic challenges we face today.

Founded in New Orleans in 1968, Dashiki Project Theater went on to become one of the nation’s leading community theaters for over two decades. Formed initially by the late director Dr. Ted Gilliam, playwright Norbert R. Davidson, and scenic designer Warren Kenner, Dashiki Project Theater gained local acclaim for the development of its acting corps, including such award winning actors Carol Sutton, Gwendolyn Foxworth, Patricia Hill-McElveen, Harold Evans, Adella Gautier and Donald Matthews.

The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center 1225 North Rampart Street  Friday and Saturday at 7pm


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Back for a FREE one-night engagement THE OTHER BLACK HISTORY

After last year's successful run at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the new play THE OTHER BLACK HISTORY by Dr. Flint Mitchell will perform a free performance at Loyola. This performance is primarily for high school and college students but will also admit the general public on a first come first serve basis. This stage play, set over two consecutive Saturdays, features a formerly incarcerated, yet exonerated schoolteacher as a detention monitor. During the two days of detention, he teaches four students about racial justice, and, most importantly, courage in the face of adversity. Come see this teacher lead the students through a comprehensive black history lesson that begins with the transatlantic slave trade and ends with the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Loyola University Nunemaker Auditorium Tuesday, Feb 12 at 7:30pm ONE NIGHT ONLY

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Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage will give a one hour speech followed by a 30-minute Q&A. This event is presented in conjunction with the the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.

Ms. Nottage has earned numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes (Sweat and Ruined), the Lilly Award (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), Drama Desk Nomination (Sweat and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), Drama Desk Award (Ruined), the Obie Award (The Re-Education of Undine), American Theatre Critics Award for Best Play (Intimate Apparel), and several others. Ms. Nottage is also a writer/producer on the acclaimed Netflix drama series She’s Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee. Additionally, she is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, Merit and Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and many more.

Saturday, February 9 at 1:00pm Lavin Bernick Center Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Room 213 Free event open to the public

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Women and Movement #3:

African American Women Affecting the Arts in New Orleans

Four African American women will discuss what they think about the state of contemporary art(s) in New Orleans. This discussion will include consideration of the state of visual arts, music, literature, and the performing arts in this region. This conversation will also consider the politics of race, artistic agency, and artistic opportunity.

The panel will be moderated by actor, director, and producer Lauren Turner.

Panelists will include: Ladee Hubbard - (Author: The Talented Ribkins) Dr. Stella Jones - (Curator: The Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans) Margie Perez - (Performer - Latin/Afro Caribbean Music) Breanna Thompson - (Set Designer/Artist - Film and Television)

This event is free and open to the public



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