June 1 - August 11
Ain't No Cryin' the Blues: In The Memory of Howlin Wolf
Written by Jackie Taylor
Directed by Rueben Echoles
Starring Rick Stone
Previews: June 1, 2, 7 and 8
Opening: Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
When Rick Stone (Cooley High) first performed as Howlin Wolf, Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times wrote "It's Rick Stone who consistently knocks your socks off in his terrifically sustained performance. And as he moves through Wolf's hits—"Red Rooster," "Goin' Down Slow," "I Ain't Superstitious," "Baby Please Don't Go" and more—it's the audience that begins howlin' loudest." And for our second treasure of the season, Rick Stone is coming back to do it again in this new story reflecting the life and times of one of the greatest blues singers the world has ever known - Howlin Wolf.
August 24 - October 20
It's All-Right To Have A Good Time (The Story of Curtis Mayfield)
Written by Wendell Etherly
Directed by Jackie Taylor and Daryl Brooks
Previews: August 24, 25, 31, September 1, 6, 7
Opening: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Black Ensemble's first tribute of the season is the story of a musical giant. He was the master song writer of his time. From the music of the Impressions like "Gypsy Woman," "I'm So Proud," "Choice of Colors" to the movie hits like "Superfly," he was a genius of a musician, a dynamite songwriter and a loving human being. The music of Chicago's own Curtis Mayfield is known and celebrated all over the world.
November 24 - January 5, 2014
Chicago's Golden Soul
Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor
First produced in 1998, this wonderful treasure of a production is a tribute to the music that put Chicago on the map as a national musical force. This Chicago celebration brings back the music of Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, Gene Chandler, Barbara Acklin and many, many more in this rollicking tribute to the music that made Chicago famous.
December 15 - December 30
Once Upon a People (A Dancesical)
Written and Directed by Rueben D. Echoles
A Special Holiday Show
December 15,16,17,22,23,29 and 30
Journey with us to the mystical land of Mirah where the Prince and Princess are destined to understand just how powerful love can be. Once Upon A People is an original African Fairytale told through spoken word, music and dance. It's a touching and warm adventure that is perfect for the holiday season.