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Headshots of actors in THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS

From the playwright of THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRY comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge.

Marisa R. Carr, Junauda Petrus, and Eliza Rasheed

The 2015 Naked Stages fellows are: Marisa R. Carr, Juanda Petris, and Eliza Rasheed. Marisa R. Carr is a composer, playwright, and activist who was named “Best New Political Playwright” by Lavender Magazine earlier this year. She will create a performance piece inspired by her police officer father. Junauda Petris is a dancer, writer, and aerial artist who will be installing ritualistic and artistic spaces around the building, outside of the theatre. Finally, Eliza Rasheed is an actor, dancer, playwright, and director who will use her lens as an Asian multiracial woman to guide her work.

cast of Ima Be Me, So Be You

The Oak Park and Pillsbury House + Theatre FANS students present “Imma Be Me, So Be You,” an original performance on the importance of embracing ourselves and each other.

Chicago Avenue Project - Elvis Has Left the Building

Elvis Has Left the Building features nine original, short plays written by professional playwrights, directed by professionals, and performed by some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists in partnership with South Minneapolis youth.

This poem was written by Molly Van Avery after a dinner conversation with the 2015 Art Block leaders in March. “poverty forces creativity…”