Black Nativity
By Langston Hughes
Directed By Jerry Foster
Music Direction by Andrea (Onnie) Allen

November 29 - December 15, 2019

Bethel AME Church
5828 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 

The show was originally first performed off-Broadway on December 11, 1961 and the first play written by an African American to be staged there. Traditional holiday carols are sung in gospel style with a few additional songs selected for the show. This powerful holiday musical will appeal to everyone regardless of their cultural backgrounds.

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Seven Guitars
By August Wilson
Directed By William Earl Ray

Opens March 13, 2020

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) 
5340 North Interstate Ave.

Seven Guitars is a 1995 play from August Wilson, a modern American playwright. The plot revolves around seven African American characters after the funeral of a friend in 1948. The play is part of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, an anthology of plays about African American life in Pittsburgh set in each decade of the 20th century.

The Play’s recurring theme is the African American male’s fight for his own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance in the face of personal and societal ills. The rooster is a recurring symbol of black manhood throughout the play and provides a violent and shocking foreshadowing effect when Hedley delivers a fiery monologue and ritualistically slaughters one in front of the other characters.

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