Chicago TrilogyA� Join us for a Special Reader's Theatre Event at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Friday, October 9, 2015, 4 - 5:30 pm at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the Morehouse Campus Directed by MARDRA THOMAS With George Shirley, Mardra Thomas ,A�Keith Williams,and Thomasina Clarke Connect to this event or sign up atA�www.MRTJazz.comA�for updates and further details.A�a�?#a�ZChicagoTrilogy A MRTJazz Production A�InA�A CHANCE MEETINGA�two former employees of a wealthy white family meet, revealing contrasting attitudes about race and class.A�InA�THE LOOKOUTA�Mildred parks outside a mansion to watch the guests arrive at a luncheon in honor of her college roommate to which she has not been invited.A�A�InA�BLACK FOR DINNERA�Anita, unaware her husband is near death, wears a black cocktail dress to her dinner party for the social leaders of the Hyde Park African American community. National Medal of Arts winner George Shirley will appear in two of the one-act plays inA�CHICAGO TRILOGY: A CHANCE MEETINGA�andA�BLACK FOR DINNER. Mr. Shirley received the award this September at a special White House ceremony.
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The Will, written by Sandra Seaton portrays the life of an African American family in a small town in Tennessee after the Civil War. The play offers both a dramatization of the experience of African Americans during Reconstruction and an interpretation of African American culture that brings out the place of classical music in African American history and life. The story of families like the Websters of The Will remains almost entirely untold. The father of the family, Cyrus Webster, is determined to pass on not only his worldly possessions but also his courage and wisdom to his descendants.
The character of Patti was inspired by the life of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, a renowned African American opera singer of the Civil War and Reconstruction era.
Photo Credits: The Will, Act I, Scene 3, Regina Riddle as Eliza Webster, Keith Williams as Cyrus Webster, Plachta Auditorium, Central Michigan University, February 2013.