Pegasus Players and MPAACT present "Ten Square"
Contact: Eric Eatherly/Laura Silverman
The Silverman Group, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MPAACT & PEGASUS PLAYERS
KICK OFF THEIR 2009 SEASONS TOGETHER
WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
at pegasus players, September 25 –
"Though American society has come a long way in terms of civil and human rights, there is always more progress that needs to be made. The issue of race is still affecting our society on many different levels, involving and impacting everyone," said Stillwell, MPAACT Artistic Associate. "We [MPAACT] embraced this piece because it challenges audiences to keep talking about what factors influence us today, and what 'freedom' and 'loyalty' mean to individuals—all individuals. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with Pegasus Players and hopefully reach a wider, more diverse audience to keep that dialogue going."
"Both MPAACT and Pegasus Players have always held a common interest in producing theater that is as socially relevant and provocative as it is entertaining, inviting the audience into an active conversation about the issues that shape us today," said Pegasus Players Executive/Artistic Director Christopher Schram. "
The design team for Ten Square includes Jessica Kuehnau (set), Casey Diers (lighting), Evelyn Danner (costume), Shepsu Aakhu and Theodore Berry (sound) and Andre Teamer (props). Dramaturgy is by Lenora Inez Brown, George Blaise is the Music Director, Christina Pretsch is the Stage Manager and Marcus D. Petrella is the Production Manager.
Shepsu Aakhu, playwright-in-residence with MPAACT, has developed several critically acclaimed works in the Playwright's Laboratory. In 2004, Aakhu was awarded the prestigious Artistic Fellowship in Scriptworks by the Illinois Arts Council. He is a two-time recipient of the Theodore Ward Prize for Playwrighting, for
Mignon McPherson Nance has directed and developed many new works for MPAACT, including Nambi E. Kelley’s MiLK and Shepsu Aakhu’s Glow of Reflected Light, Fascia, Kiwi Black, Sost, Softly Blue and Trouble the Water, which won the BTAA for Best Production. Other directing credits include Gloria Bond Clunie’s Sweet Water Taste (Columbia College and the Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series); Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Loyola University); Creola Thomas’ Sisters from Belzoni (eta Creative Arts Foundation); and plays for Pegasus Players, Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts, and Healthworks Theater, among others. In 2003 she was selected as Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Directing Fellow. As such, she served as assistant director for Henry Godinez on the Goodman's production Electricidad. McPherson Nance received her B.A. in Theatre from Loyola and her M.F.A. in Directing from
Christopher Schram joined Pegasus Players in 2009 after serving as Executive Director of Redmoon Theater in 2007 and 2008. Previously, he spent ten years with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) in
Ten Square will be held September 25 to November 22. Previews will be Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 4. Opening night will be Thursday, October 8 at Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Pegasus Players, 1145 W.
Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) was founded in 1991 by a group of like-minded individuals who shared an artistic vision and who wanted to develop, nurture, and sustain Afrikan Centered Theatre, which is grounded in the many cultures and traditions of the African continent and its Diaspora. With a vision focused on creating new work and collaborative art, MPAACT produces and educates with the goal of increasing understanding and appreciation of Afrikan Centered Theatre and its interrelated disciplines, including not only main stage and standing productions but also a playwright's laboratory, original music, a publishing company (Sakhu Publications), an arts education program, and many workshops and master classes. For more information on MPAACT, please visit www.mpaact.org.
About Pegasus Players
For 30 years Pegasus Players has been committed to providing high quality, socially-conscious theatrical programming to the people of Chicago, especially those who have limited access to the arts. Pegasus Players is committed to presenting new and contemporary work that crosses cultural, social, and geographical boundaries and brings communities together by presenting works that provoke conversation. Through programs such as its annual Young Playwrights Festival and
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