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Through the struggles, trials and tribulations of both black and white freedom fighters, The Black Renaissance is a musical and historical depiction of the African American experience in a racist America that will uplift, inspire and motivate all of us to create a world where racism cannot exist.

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The Black Renaissance

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Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended"...The initial plan was to create a show about the Harlem Renaissance, that great flowering of African-American culture during the 1920s. But as Jackie Taylor, the force behind Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater (BET) explained to the audience after taking bows Sunday for her latest work, she sensed that the state of the nation at this moment demanded something else. So she set her mind on writing, directing and composing a more wide-ranging history: "The Black Renaissance - A Musical Resistance Against Racism."" more...

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended"...This pageant like "musical resistance against racism," written and directed by Jackie Taylor for her Black Ensemble Theater, features original songs as well as spoken testimony describing the long, wearying history of institutionalized racism in America, from colonial days to the present." more...

Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended"...And this production is, indeed, a worthwhile experience. While more educational and inspiring than simply entertaining, Jackie Taylor’s “The Black Renaissance” is a thoughtful, stimulating reminder of how far this country’s come through centuries of racial relations, but of how far backwards we seem to be currently headed. It’s never too late to rectify this dreadful situation and this heartfelt musical revue is just what we need today." more...

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended..."The Black Renaissance" can be considered Jackie Taylor's summation of a lifetime of fighting on the front lines of black pride in the face of racial oppression. She turns a thoughtful, penetrating light on the racial crisis that has hung like a millstone on our country's history throughout its entire history. Patrons who want to be inspired and uplifted by her vision will find much to satisfy them. But theatergoers who basically want a good show on a meaningful topic that doesn't go all soapbox on them will be delighted with the fresh music and enthusiastic professionalism of the cast, with Robert Reddrick booting them home. A meaningful time, and just as important, a good time, should be had by all comers."...more

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices *Senior are 65 and older – Groups are 10 or more people For upcoming dates and show times Click Here for Tickets

Box Office Hours Call 773-769-4451 to order tickets through our box office 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday / 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday / 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday *We are open until 30 minute after the show starts on nights with evening performances.

Five Play Card The Black Ensemble Theater Five Play Subscription Card allows patrons more flexibility than season tickets and offers a substantial savings off regular season ticket prices. The Five Play Subscription Card makes a great gift for any occasion. For more details or to purchase your Five Play Subscription Card, contact the box office at 773-769-4451. Platinum Card (Good for: Friday 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday 3:00pm). $292.50 – 10% SAVINGS! Gold Card (Good for: Wednesday 7:30pm, Thursday 7:30pm, Saturday 3:00pm) $247.50 – 10% SAVINGS!

Group Sales Let us plan a special evening for your group. Our lovely upstairs gallery is available for a pre-show reception. • The group discount is available for 10 or more tickets. • Half of the balance due must be paid to secure your seats. • Full payment on all orders is due no later than 2 weeks before the performance. • A group ticket order made within 2 weeks of show date must be paid in full when your order is placed. • Your group is responsible for the total number of tickets on the contract. • There are no refunds or exchanges on any tickets. For group reservations and information please call Caren Blackmore at 773-769-4451.

Will Call Will Call tickets may be picked up one hour before show time. You will need either your confirmation number, the credit card, or a photo ID to pick up tickets.

Late Seating For the consideration of the artist and our patrons, anyone arriving while a performance is in progress will be seated at the discretion of theater management.

Accessible Seating This Facility is fully accessible. Please inform ticket office at time of purchase if special seating requests are needed.

General Rules Cameras or any other recording devices are not permitted into the theater at any time. There is no eating or drinking allowed inside of the theater except in designated areas.

Cancellation Policy All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on any tickets.

Miscellaneous Black Ensemble Theater ticket orders are filled in order of receipt. Seats are assigned on a best-available basis. Please note that all events in the Studio Theatre are general admission. Tickets may be purchased by cash, MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, or Discover. Telephone reservations will be charged to a credit card at the time of reservation.

Valet / Parking Service Black Ensemble Theater will offer a valet service to park your car. Prices are $10.