Dillard University Theatre opens 81st season with performances and discussion
Dillard University Theatre will kick off its 81st season on Friday, Oct. 28 with “Hands Up: Seven Playwrights, Seven Testaments”. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29, and Nov. 4 and 5, with 3 p.m. matinee performances on Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Each performance will be held at the Samuel DuBois Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus, located at 2601 Gentilly Blvd.
In light of the police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among many others, The New Black Fest of Brooklyn, N.Y., commissioned seven emerging black playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explored their feelings about the well-being of blacks in a culture of institutional racism.
“Hands Up” combines each of these monologues into an evening of dramatic experiences that illuminate and explore the state of black consciousness that is being shaped by the present social and racial environment in America.
Tickets are available at the Dillard Theatre box office. Tickets are $5 for Dillard students and $15 for general admission. For more information call (504) 816-4857.
About the Dillard University Theatre Department
Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre company in the United States. The Theatre department provides professional training within a liberal arts context to develop future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its full-time, part-time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.
For more information about the plays visit www.TheNewBlackFest.org/hands-up-6-playwrights-6 testaments. You can contact The New Black Fest directly at email@example.com or The New Black Fest, P.O. Box 381179, Brooklyn, NY 11238.