Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)
847-866-5915 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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April 21-May 20
A Home on the Lake
by Stephen Fedo and Tim Rhoze
A Home on the Lake is a play about two Evanston families in two eras whose lives are disrupted by matters of property and race. In 1920, as the Great Migration begins to change the demographics of Evanston, two entrepreneurs—one white, one African American—make business deals that will result in the relocation of black residents to what will become, for generations thereafter, the city's "black district." Their business decisions have consequences for their own families, including one that isn't revealed for nearly a century when the current descendants of those two families are faced with the question of who has a right to a home on the lake.
Inspired by the playwrights’ research, in addition to interviews of several Evanston community members conducted by the founder of Dear Evanston, Nina Kavin, this play delves into themes of displacement, equity, home ownership, and how communities are divided or come together during times of upheaval.
Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop have a long history of collaborative projects with the overarching mission of finding ways to enhance each other’s work. The two theaters are committed to finding new ways of engaging and cross-pollinating their diverse audiences and developing a love of theatre from early education through to active audience members.
A Home on the Lake will be performed at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes Street April 19-May 20, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm
June 16 through July 1
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Crossroads Blues Festival
Blues men and women will join forces on the FJT stage to give you the Blues Music experience of a lifetime. Blues guitarists, keyboardists, drummers, harmonica players and singers will take you on a musical journey from the Delta to Chicago, and every Blues hotspot in between.
Old School R&B Concert
Featuring South Boulevard Band
Some of the best dance music came out of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties. Evanston’s own South Boulevard Band will once again bring their stellar brand of R&B and Funk Music to the FJT stage. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but come early and enjoy a pre-concert Hecky’s Barbecue Dinner at 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $10.