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Goodman Theatre presents Black Words Matter: Commemorating Black History Month

2/1/2017, 2:16 p.m.
This February, Goodman Theatre is proud to join citywide celebrations of Black History Month with its “Black Words Matter: Celebrating ...

This February, Goodman Theatre is proud to join citywide celebrations

of Black History Month with its “Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Voices On

Stage and Beyond” series of events. Partnering organizations and free offerings

include: the DuSable Museum of African American History with a reading of Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder; AMC Dine-in Theatres Block 37 with a film screening of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995); Harold Washington Library with panel discussions with acclaimed African American playwrights and directors; and a diversity-focused career fair with the League of Chicago Theatres. More details about each event follow. Events are free, but reservations are required due to

limited capacity; visit GoodmanTheatre.org/BlackWordsMatter.

“Weaving Our Stories: A Community Read-in and Viewing”

Tuesday, February 7 at 2pm | DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Place)

In partnership with DuSable Museum of African American History, the Goodman invites audiences to participate in a community read-in of the play Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Wilder’s play focuses on the turbulence of 20th century race relations and the real-life quilting community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The reading is presented alongside DuSable’s featured exhibit “Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar.”

Film Screening of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995)

Monday, February 13 at 6:30pm | AMC Dine-in Theatres Block 37 (108 N. State St.)

In partnership with AMC Dine-in Theatres Block 37, the Goodman presents a special

screening of the film adaptation of August Wilson’sThe Piano Lesson (1995) with an

introduction by artist and scholar Ron OJ Parson—who has previously directed stage productions of August Wilson’s Fences and The Piano Lesson. Please note:

Availability is extremely limited.

“Chuck Smith Lecture Series: Playwrights From Past to Present”

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30pm | Harold Washington Library - Pritzker Auditorium (400 S. State St.)

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith continues his popular lecture series with a discussion with Northwestern University Professor Harvey Young about the future of Black Theatre in Chicago and the generation of post-August Wilson writers.

Chicago-based playwrights Lydia R. Diamond, Ike Holter and Dawn Renee Jones will join Smith and Young in conversation.

Panel Discussion: “Diversity in Theater Administration & Intern/Apprentice

Networking Event” Monday, February 27 at 5:30pm | Goodman Theatre – Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement (170 N. Dearborn St.)

Goodman Theatre partners with the League of Chicago Theatres to present a

diversity-focused career fair and panel, in response to continued need for more

diverse representation in theater administration. Young professionals will have the

opportunity to have face-time with theater administrators from acclaimed Chicagoland theaters, such as the Goodman, Congo Square Theatre Company, Silk Road Rising and more.