Storytelling is a uniquely practice theme in African American arts. In the theater world so many elements are intertwined such as music, dance, and narration.
The Black Ensemble Theater is currently running the last week of its production, “The Other Cinderella.”
The play by Jackie Taylor pays tribute to the traditional “Cinderella” fairytale but sheds new light on the storyline with more contemporary themes. Taylor’s production still focuses on sibling rivalry, gratitude, and dreams coming true. The addition to “The Other Cinderella” that separates its edition from previous ones is the modern day themes: language, jobs, etc.
“The Other Cinderella” tells the story of the girl with the lost glass slipper—this time the glass slipper has a bit of a tint. The play has an all black cast and delivers witty punch lines and dialogue that is entertaining to the African American audience. The wicked stepmother is “Stepmomma” in this edition, which is one of the cultural relevant differences in “The Other Cinderella.”
“The Other Cinderella” will continue to run until Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. The location is 4451 N. Clark St, in Chicago.
Come enjoy the display of African American storytelling as The Black Ensemble Theater presents “The Other Cinderella.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.blackensemble.org or Ticket Master.