"Arguably the most successful Black theatre group in the world,” (American Theatre) the Negro Ensemble Company, our 22/23 season artist-in-residence, performs a world premiere play juxtaposing 1960s protest poetry with our current social climate. This new work merges live music, dance, civil rights era poetry and contemporary writings that reflect on our nation’s recent racial reckoning, with additional inspiration from Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed theatre piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf. Penn Live Arts is thrilled to co-produce and commission this meaningful exploration of social and racial themes, elevating the authentic, underrepresented stories of the Black experience.
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This project is funded in part by an ArtsForward grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. | Additional support has been provided through an Extended Artist Residency grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. | The Negro Ensemble Company Residency in the 22/23 season is made possible in part with support provided by the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program at the University of Pennsylvania. | The Negro Ensemble Company is the 22/23 season artist-in-residence of the Brownstein Residency for Artistic Innovation.
Photo credit: Jonathan Slaff