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Black Ensemble Theater presents the 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival

This is the outside of Black Ensemble Theater
This is the outside of Black Ensemble Theater
(Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

It may not look like it now, but spring is coming on March 20. For those looking for fun spring ideas, Black Ensemble Theater (BE) has you in mind for the 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival from Tues., April 8 to Sun., Apr. 13.

The Black Playwright's Festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center located at 4450 N. Clark St. This will include five full-length plays by Leonard Ferris, M. Shelly Conner, Wendell Etherly, Ervin Gardner and Daryl Brooks. On the final night, there will be four 10-minute plays by BPI members Loy Webb, Cory Wright, Ervin Gardner and Reginald Williams.

"Black Ensemble Theater is committed to identifying and developing new playwrights. Since the BPI started nine years ago, many members have had their plays professionally produced at Black Ensemble Theater, throughout Chicago and across the nation," said Jackie Taylor in a recent press release. "We invite the community to experience new readings by our playwrights in a series of entertaining evenings, and it is our mission to usher these talented Black artists into the local and national spotlight."

Black Ensemble Theater produces approximately 15 Black Playwright's Initiative (BPI) readings of new scripts per year through the annual Sex in the Summer Play Series and the annual Black Playwright’s Festival.

Tickets for April's events are $15 per evening or $50 for the entire festival. Tickets are available at the box office, order online at or order by phone at 773-769-4451. Valet parking is available.

There are also tickets still available for Black Ensemble Theater's current plays "Chicago's Golden Soul" and "The Story of Curtis Mayfield: It's All-Right to Have a Good Time."

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