To call actor Charla Marie Bailey committed heart and soul to her profession would be something of an understatement. “I can’t breathe without acting,” she readily attests. “I have to do it, bring life to stories that move people emotionally. Whether it’s to make them laugh or go home and kiss their partners or join an action […]
During the second half of Grease at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, audience members are entertained with the voice of an angel — a teen angel to be exact. Kasano Mwanza steals the show with a soulful performance of “Beauty School Dropout.” “We all know the Frankie Valli version, which is great, and it’s sort of this […]
History Theatre used to produce Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird to honor Black History Month. The classic play showcases precocious youngster Scout’s reflections on her dad, crusading attorney Atticus Finch, along with his valiant, but failed attempt to save Tom Robinson from being framed for rape. This season, Black life moved from the incidentally […]
Warm Dark Dusk, a jazz music and dance production presented by Phyllis Productions that celebrates the poetry of Langston Hughes, is coming to a theater near you. Hughes, as described in the press release, is “one of the essential figures in American literature. His vision of America was as timely today as back in the […]
Director reflects on upcoming BARBECUE Thomas W. Jones II, when he’s at work, presently directing BARBECUE at Mixed Blood Theatre, is the proverbial consummate pro, acutely assessing a script, deftly taking actors through their paces, expertly crafting an enjoyable stage experience. Relaxing to get ready for an interview, the man is, as the saying goes, a mess, […]
The 2016 Ivey Awards usually attracts a packed house, so this year’s sold-out event was no surprise to those who regularly attend. African Americans were well represented once again during the 12th annual show held at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, September 19. The event was co-hosted by Regina Marie-Williams again, but this […]
Chicago-based playwright Phillip Dawkins is mounting a one-man invasion of Twin Cities theater. This season he’ll see three scripts produced: Charm at Mixed Blood Theater, Le Switch (The Jungle) and Dr. Seuss’ THE SNEETCHES (Children’s Theatre Company). “I’ve had a crush on St. Paul/Minneapolis for a long time!” he spiritedly states.
What better way to continue the conversation about Simone’s rich legacy than going to see to see the play Nina Simone: Four Women at Park Square Theater in St Paul?
In 1963, the book The Snowy Day, by writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was released and made history by becoming the first children’s book to feature an African American as the main character.
Black newspapers — a fixture in almost every major city since the 1800s — are needed now more than ever, contends narrator Joe Morton in The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. The documentary was the center of discussion at the January 11 “Reel Talk” monthly film screening session at the St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre.