Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Live Theatre is Storytelling with Flair

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

Summertime Season 2017

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YELLOWMAN, by Dael Orlandersmith, is a memory play about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her small-town Southern upbringing and the light-skinned man whose fate is tragically intertwined with hers. It is a story that is both heartwarming and ultimately heartbreaking; a beautifully composed play, worth standing for.
(June 17-July 2)

SWEET, by Harrison David Rivers, poetically tells the story of Retha and Nina Baker, sisters who have always been close—folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together, and enduring the summer heat together. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, SWEET is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love. (July 15-30)

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, by Lanie Robertson, recounts Billie Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time shares her loves and her losses. Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Our production will feature internationally renowned singer/actress Madra Thomas and the incomparable jazz pianist Reggie Thomas; they will grace our stage with one of the most exquisite and haunting performances of the year. (August 12-27)

August 24 - OLD SCHOOL SOULFUL R&B featuring South Boulevard

August 25 - JAZZ MEETS DELTA BLUES VI featuring Marlene Rosenberg and David “Chainsaw” Dupont

August 26 - FJT GALA FUNDRAISER EVENT. The evening will include a wine and tapas hors d'oeuvres reception with live jazz, a silent auction and a performance of the Tony Award-winning play, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. You'll also enjoy coffee, dessert and the Champagne After-Glow with a DJ and dancing! Mark your calendar.

*Tickets for all plays, concerts and the Gala Event go on sale March 1.

Premium Gold Member Card

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You can now purchase your Premium Gold Member Card NOW and save 60 percent off the regular Summertime Season ticket prices. For only $60 you get to enjoy THREE plays and TWO concerts, along with other specials announced during the season. These Premium Gold Member Cards make great holiday gifts, even if that gift is for YOU. 

Upcoming Events, Classes & Workshops


Martin Luther King Celebration!

On Saturday, January 14, the City of Evanston invites everyone to attend the “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” beginning at noon at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Speakers will include Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, former Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, and ETHS student and keynote speaker Alexis Harris-Dyer. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Evanston Children’s Choir, violinist Eli Ho, cellist Linus Ho, pianist Judy Chen, and a member of the Evanston Dance Ensemble.

This event is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tater Tot Theatre Open Registration

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Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, 11 a.m. to noon

The Tater Tot Theatre Company was created to allow young thespians ages 5-7 the opportunity to participate in the magic of live theatre. This year we will be presenting “Timothy Goes Back to School,” inspired by the series of children’s books by acclaimed author/illustrator Rosemary Wells. A raccoon named Timothy started kindergarten last year; this year he starts the first grade, meets friends new and old, and together they help Timothy on something he is struggling with. For more information, call 847-866-5914.

Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Studio 223, 927 Noyes St.
Fee: $80 R/$90 NR


Award nominations

In October the Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards gave Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Best Set Design for - Maya's Last Poem.  It is a great honor!

Congratulations Justin Longnecker & Tim Rhoze for your excellent work on Maya's Last Poem

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General Information

To register for events, classes or workshops, click here.



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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