Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Live Theatre is Storytelling with Flair

Discount Card.pngUpcoming FJT Events

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FJT's Premium Discount Cards for the 2016 Summertime Season are available now for only $50, which includes three plays and two concerts!

You can mix and match (use five punches for one play, for instance), but the card may be punched just once per concert.* Purchase cards online here.
*Not valid for Black Tie Gala

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s 2016 Summertime Season Plays and Concerts
Tickets: $12 in advance online or purchased at Recreation Centers; $17 at the door

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s 2016 Summertime Season Black Tie Gala
Tickets: $50 in advance online or at Rec Centers; $60 at the doors 

All events are held at the 
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 
(east of Ridge Ave.)


Announcing the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre
2016 Summertime Season!

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A Song for Coretta
by Pearl Cleage

On February 6, 2006, hundreds of people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few. Five of the remaining women shared, with joy, memories of Mrs. King’s extraordinary life and reveal things about themselves that free them up to move forward in life with a more determined purpose.
June 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 (June 12 is SOLD OUT)
Tickets $12 purchased in advance online or at Recreation Centers
Play performances: Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 3pm

by Gloria Bond Clunie, Marsha Estell and Tania Richard

This play in three parts explores the breadth of love in a world of deadly conflict. Each playwright takes her turn sharing her gift of playwriting to tell a story of LOVE. This is a world premiere play commissioned by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre.

(Note: Gloria Bond Clunie is the founder of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and an internationally recognized playwright. Marsha Estell is an accomplished actor and playwright; FJT produced her hit play, HEAT, and her critically acclaimed one-woman play, Big Butt Girls and Other Fantasies/The Remix. Tania Richard’s brilliant one-woman play, Truth Be Told, was commissioned and produced by FJT; she, too, is an accomplished actor and playwright).
July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Tickets $12 purchased in advance online or at Recreation Centers
Play performances: Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 3pm

Single Black Female
by Lisa B. Thompson

This is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images.

August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
Tickets $12 purchased in advance online or at Recreation Centers
Play performances: Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 3pm

Old School R&B Concert II

Donica Lynn featuring Ascendant
Old School R&B Concert II will again rock the house with your favorite tunes from the 60s, 70’s and 80’s. Soulful songstress Donica Lynn (Porchlight Theatre’s Dream Girls star!) and her amazing band will have you dancing in the aisles.

Thursday, August 25, 7pm
Tickets: $12 in advance online and at Recreation Centers

Jazz Meets Blues Concert III

Featuring internationally renowned Jazz Bassist Marlene Rosenberg, and Delta Bluesman David “Chainsaw” Dupont
Friday, August 26, 7pm
Tickets: $12 in advance online and at Recreation Centers

Black Tie Gala: Songs From Broadway’s Black Musicals

The third and final offering in the FJT concert series will have the deft hand of Musical Director Christy Chilles and a very talented singing ensemble filling the theatre with some of the most beloved songs from Broadway’s Black Musicals. The evening includes pre- and post-concert tapas appetizers, decadent desserts, fine wine, champagne, and dancing to tunes spun by DJ Rob Simmons.
Saturday, August 27, 6pm
Tickets: $50 in advance online and at Recreation Centers

Award nominations

Did you know that when Black Theater Alliance Awards announced nominations at the beginning of August, FJT received FOUR?!

Thumbnail image for Tim Rhoze.jpgFleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's Artistic Director, Tim Rhoze, was nominated in the following categories for his play, “Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story” 

  • The Negro Ensemble Company Award for Outstanding Stage Production
  • The Oscar Brown, Jr. Award for Best Direction of a Play
  • The Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Writing of a Play

Sean Blake.jpgActor Sean Blake was nominated for "The Sammy Davis, Jr. Award" for Best Leading Actor in a Play.

Learn more here


General Information

Main stage performances are held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays or 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on the day of the performance. Seniors and students with ID at the door only, $10. Tickets for concert performances are also $12 in advance and $17 on the day of the performance. 

Online Tickets
Theatre-goers can conveniently purchase tickets online for each performance.  Click here >>>

Group Sales
Save up to 50% off the regular ticket price! Let us show you how to have a great fundraiser for your group or organization. Call 847-866-5915.

Box Office Information
Advance tickets are available for purchase at all coummunity centers, weekdays from 10am-4pm. On weekends, tickets may be purchased at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 2pm. Questions? Call or text 847-448-4311. 



Founded in 1979, under the name of the Foster Community Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has been thrilling audiences with over three decades of unique, inspirational and invigorating African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. From original plays to the best of Broadway, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre remained committed to supplying the very best in theatre.

"Umoja!! ….Working Together in Unity" is the foundation from which FJT began and continues to thrive!

It is our mission to present powerful, thought provoking, community-centered Theater Arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment for directors, playwrights, set, light, and costume designers, as well as for experienced and novice performers. In this positive environment they can develop their skills and fully express their talents.

In August 2007, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre was nominated for five Black Theatre Alliance Awards for its summer production of Sarafina! The Music of Liberation!

For more information, please call 847-866-5915 or 311 (847-448-4311 outside Evanston). 


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