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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)
847-866-5915 / fjtheatre@cityofevanston.org

 


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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.

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Signup for our monthly newsletter the "The Fourth Wall" and stay up to date with the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. For more information, please call 847-866-5914 or 311 (847-448-4311 outside Evanston). 

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Enjoy three plays and two concerts, along with other specials announced during the season. These Premium Gold Member 
Cards make great gifts, even if that gift is for you.  Shows and Concerts take place from June-August at 3:00pm or 7:00pm. For more information call 847-866-5915. Purchase your Premium Gold Member card online now!

 

 


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June 16 through July 1
From the Mississippi Delta
by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, PH.D.Season Image

This beautifully authored dramatic autobiographical play captures the story of a young girl growing up in the 1950's in an impoverished Southern community, battling against the harsh realities of that era. We follow her as she courageously fights her way to personal, spiritual and professional triumph. This inspiring production with live music will reaffirm that self-determination, love and faith can conquer the most insurmountable odds. Without a doubt, an engaging piece of theatre.
Dates/Times
6/16    7pm
6/17    3pm
6/23    7pm
6/24    3pm
6/30    7pm
7/1      3pm

July14-29
Topdog/Underdog
by Suzan-Lori Parks

In this 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winner, by one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, an eloquently profane story exposes the traps of being African American and male in the United States; and the mask these men must wear to survive. Brothers Lincoln and Booth are the cornerstones of this thrilling comic drama, giving us insight into the role of deception and betrayal in some Black men’s lives. What is set into motion on stage is pure theatrical excitement.
Dates/Times
7/14    7pm
7/15    3pm 
7/21    7pm 
7/22    3pm 
7/28    7pm 
7/29    3pm

August 11-26
Crowns
by Regina Taylor

When the remarkably talented playwright/actor Regina Taylor’s Gospel Musical reveals the storyabout six African-American women and the hats they wear to church, you know that you are in for the time of your life! As told over the course of a Sunday, we journey with these women as they attend church service, a wedding, a funeral and a baptism. Ultimately, we are gifted with the knowledge of what Black women had to go through just to wear a hat. You will unquestionably betranformed by the experience of finding out about these amazing women of color, through their amazing hats.
Dates/Times
8/11    7pm
8/12    3pm
8/18    7pm
8/19    3pm
8/25    7pm
8/26    3pm

SEPTEMBER 1
FJT Wine & Dine Gala Showcasing-The Great Ladies Of Jazz Concert

This all-inclusive annual event will includes, pre-and-post concert receptions of wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, desserts & dancing. The main event is a live jazz concert that you’ll have to experience to believe. Our theatre will be filled with the songs that made Billie, Sarah, Ella, Dinah, Lena, Etta, Carmen, Nancy and Nina musical icons; featuring extraordinaire jazz vocalists Mardra Thomas, Bobbi Wilsyn & Joan Collaso; accompanied by The Marlene Rosenberg & Reggie Thomas Jazz Ensemble.
Date/Time
9/1    6pm


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August 30
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.
Date/Time
8/30    7pm

August 31
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.
Date/Time
8/31    7pm


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 19, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

 

Tickets: $15-$30

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 19, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

 

Tickets: $15-$30

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 19, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

 

Tickets: $15-$30

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Summertime Season 2017

Updated on 10/09/2017 11:24 AM