Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Live Theatre is Storytelling with Flair

All main stage performances take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays or 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The 2014 season includes three main stage performances and two concerts in late August!

Punch cards for the 2014 season are on sale for a limited time. There are five admissions/punches per $40 card. They can be used in any combination for the plays (one to all five  admissions). The punch card may also be used for one admission per concert.

New Box Office Information
Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Morton Civic Center, Room 1100, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, weekdays from 10am-4pm. Tickets also may be purchased in the FJT lobby at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center starting one hour before show time. Questions? Call 311 (847-448-4311 outside Evanston).

Audition for FJT's Pop Up Theatre Ensemble! Details

2014 Season

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

by Emily Mann 
Runs June 14 - June 29, 2014

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years opens as 103-year-old Sadie and 101-year-old Bessie Delany welcome us into their home in Mount Vernon, New York. We, the audience, are guests in their home as the sisters prepare dinner in remembrance of their father's birthday. As they bake a ham, stuff a chicken for roasting, and make ambrosia and pound cake, they recount a fascinating series of events and anecdotes drawn from their rich family history and their careers as pioneering African American professional women. They lived during the turbulent times for descendants of slaves that occurred just after the Civil War, and they continue into the present, doing daily yoga exercises and watching the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour each evening.

We should all draw broadly from this play. This simple story about the struggles of two women typifies the essential human condition - of struggle and achievement, universal in its appeal and in the messages it sends. Clearly, Having Our Say is our history. It celebrates women and men, African Americans, our country, and the indomitable human spirit.

Gee’s Bend

by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
Runs July 12 - 27, 2014

Gee’s Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement. Throughout their lives, the women’s extraordinary quilts provide a respite from the turmoil around them. In the last act of the play, it is the year 2000; the quilts have been “discovered” as folk art and have become very valuable. Sadie is pleased with the recognition, but she returns to Gee’s Bend and continues to quilt. Wilder’s play explores the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.
 

Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story

by Tim Rhoze. 
Runs August 9 - 24, 2014

This play reveals the man underneath the artist who is known as the Greatest Entertainer of his and perhaps any time in American history.  The night of his horrific car accident that caused him to lose an eye, Sammy, his father and Will Mastin (The Will Mastin Trio featuring Sammy Davis Jr.) had performed at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Without knowing it, that night would change Sammy’s world on many levels. Of course Sammy can’t help but to entertain us with some of his signature tap dancing and singing a musical lyric or two as he retells that fateful night.
 

Jazz Meets Blues Concert II - August 29, 2014
featuring renowned jazz bassist Marlene Rosenberg and a special guest blues artist

Gospel Concert Celebrating the Men of Gospel Music - August 30, 2014
 

What's Being Said. . .

Woza Albert 03 web news.jpgEvanston RoundTable July 2, 2013 issue:

"A trip to Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center is an exhilarating experience that comes with outrageously high value but the low price of $12 a seat. Steppenwolf, Northlight, and Victory Gardens theaters may be more famous performance venues, but it would be hard to imagine that they would provide more compelling entertainment than what is available at Fleetwood-Jourdain..." Read More
 

 

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 2013 Season

Last summer the 2013 main stage plays were:
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
 by Notzake Shange
Woza Albert! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon
Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing
Big Butt Girls and Other Fantasies — The Remix! by Marsha Estell 

Painting, top, by Michael Montenegro. Slideshow photos by Basil Clunie.

History

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 847-448-8260 or 847-448-8254 and ask for the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre.

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Get Involved

Would you like to help with one of our productions?
Would you like to help us host an event, or usher a show?
Please call (847) 448-8260 for details.