|The Essential Theatre's 2010-2011 Schedule|
By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Told in their own words, six Americans with vastly different ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds share stories of their sentences on death row for crimes they did not commit. As an evening of theatre that has the potential to change lives, the politics is exemplary, and the stories harrowing and uplifting.
If you are only going to make it to the theatre once this year, see The Exonerated.
Friday, Oct. 22 — 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 — 3 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults, $9 senior citizens, $7 students/child and free for FAMU students with a valid Rattler I.D.
Preview Performances: Oct. 20-21 $5 General Admission, free for FAMU students with a valid Rattler I.D.
By Shirlene Holmes
A lot has happened since 1976 when Ntozake Shange's “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" made its Broadway debut. In the spirit of Shange's"choreopoem," Since '76 has its finger on the pulse of black women in the new millennium.
Bitter, funny and fiercely honest, the play integrates a combination of music, prose and poetry into a collective of women's concerns as well as their resolve to sustain a sense of hope.
Friday, Nov. 5 — 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 — 3 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults, $9 senior citizens, $7 students/child and free for
FAMU students with a valid Rattler I.D.
Change It Up! Rhythms, Reasons & Rhymes
Poets, emcees and actors take the stage blending revolutionary, hip-hop, slam and other spoken word styles with prose and song. (Contains Adults Language)
Friday, Jan. 28 — 10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 — 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 students; Acting Studio, Tucker Hall (Limited Seating)
The Essential Theatre's "Writing for Life" Play Reading Series presents
By James Webb Jr.
Now in its third year of development in this series that gives voice to emerging playwrights, Black Widow, a southern tale about spirituality and redemption will receive its first workshop production. Come play a part in the development of this new work.
Friday, Feb. 18 & Saturday, Feb. 19 — 7 p.m.
Essential Theatre Reunion
The FAMU Essential Theatre will hold its first Grand Reunion of all classes.
Graduates from the Playmakers era thru 2010. Essential Theatre alumni are invited to attend.
This three-day event will consist of various activities including the spring production.
Friday, Apr. 1 - Sunday, Apr. 3
The Fats Waller Musical Show
By Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horowitz
At the height of the historic Harlem Renaissance,venues like The Cotton Club were jumpin' to a new beat called "swing."
Ain't Misbehavin' is a rollicking, finger-snapping and toe-tapping, TonyAward®-winning musical revue - a tribute to the black entertainers of the early 1900's that centers on the music of one of the most prolific musicians of the time, Thomas "Fats" Waller.
Friday, Apr. 1 & Saturday, Apr. 2 — 8 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 3 — 3 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, $10 students/child and free for FAMU students with a valid Rattler I.D.
All shows are performed in the newly renovated Charles Winter Wood Theatre, Tucker Hall on the campus of Florida A&M University unless otherwise indicated.
Group rates are available. For more information call, (850) 561-2425.