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Congo Square Theatre Company has announced the lineup for its eighteenth season entitled Enlightenment. The three show season will feature A NATIVITY TRIBUTE, August Wilson’s JITNEY and the multifaceted JAMBALAYA SERIES, which includes the August Wilson New Play Initiative.
“For more than 18 years, Congo Square Theatre has empowered, educated, and inspired others through works of art that reflect the African diaspora and the African American community,” comments Constance Brewer, new Co-chairman of Congo Square’s Board of Directors. “As we look toward another year of carrying out this incredibly important work and mission during some of the most challenging times our city and country have ever endured, we aspire to do so while ‘coming home’ to the South Side of Chicago.”
Since 2015, Congo Square has produced A NATIVITY TRIBUTE, a musical concert that pays tribute to the previous productions of the Nativity.
The concert, in partnership with Studio One Dance Theater, will tour multiple venues this year, including Governor’s State University on December 2 and The Dusable Museum on December 9. Additional locations and dates will be announced at a later date.
JITNEY, eighth in August Wilson’s 10-play cycle, takes place in a cab station in 1977 Pittsburgh, during the city’s period of so-called “urban renewal.” As the city tries to shut down businesses, we meet five gypsy cab drivers struggling to survive. The production will be presented at the Athenaeum January 12 – February 18.
Next summer, the company will produce the JAMBALAYA SERIES, Congo Square’s new play workshop and multimedia event series, including staged readings of play submissions from The August Wilson New Play Initiative, which has premiered successful productions like STICK FLY, which went to Broadway in 2012, and TWISTED MELODIES, which was featured at Center Stage in Baltimore in 2017. Dates are TBA.
More information is available at congosquaretheatre.org.