Black Ensemble’s 2017 Season Highlights Theater and Dance 

Black Ensemble’s 2017 Season Highlights Theater and Dance 

Black Ensemble Theater has announced their 2017 Season: A Theater Season of Dance. 

Highlighting African American dance and artists in different times in history the season includes The Nicholas Brothers, Josephine Baker, The Harlem Renaissance, and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as an historical look at Hip Hop. 

Performances will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago. 

“Black Ensemble has so much to look forward to this season and beyond,” says Jackie Taylor. “This year, we are celebrating the dancers and dance history in the Black Ensemble tradition.” 


The Black Ensemble Theater’s 41st Season:


Written and Directed by Reuben D. Echoles

February 11 – March 26, 2017

Written and Directed by Daryl Brooks

May 6 – June 25, 2017

Written and Directed by Rueben Echoles

July 22 – September 3, 2017


Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor

October 7 – November 19, 2017


Written and Directed by Daryl Brooks

December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018

In addition to Black Ensemble Theater’s regular season, a number of special events will be presented during the year:

 BPI Black Playwrights Festival

April 10 – 13, 2017

The 12th Annual Black Playwrights Festival brings a weekend of new scripts to the BE stage, as part of the company’s Black Playwright’s Initiative (BPI). Written by BPI members and developed through the BPI process, all featured scripts will receive engaging and innovative readings.

 Sex In The Summer Series

July 10 – 12, 2017

Black Ensemble presents its 9th Annual Sex in the Summer Series, featuring new works by members of the Black Playwright’s Initiative (BPI) focused on the subject of sex

Tickets are available at, (773) 769-4451 or at the Black Ensemble Theater Box Office, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Single tickets for regular season performances are priced at $55 on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Saturday matinees; and $65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. A 10% discount is available for students, seniors, and groups.


The Black Ensemble Theater will sell the Gold Card which allows the holder to see all 7 plays for a discounted price of $385. The Gold Card is good for 1 ticket per production. For more details or to purchase a Gold Card contact the box office at 773-769-4451. 

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