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2019-2020 Season

AUGUST 20-30, 2020

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Join us for the outdoor, socially-distanced remount of this powerful favorite. A timely examination of growing up black in America by rising-star African American playwright, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler from the suburbs, meets Tru, a street savvy Baltimorean, in a holding cell. Tru thinks Marquis has lost his “blackness” and decides to write a manual: Being Black for Dummies. He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.

Please note this is an outdoor production held in FTC’s parking lot behind the theatre. In the event of rain or inclimate weather, we will make a determination and begin contacting audiences no later than two hours prior to the scheduled showtime.

As a precaution against COVID-19, all audience members are required to wear masks and tickets should be purchased in advance. Please be aware restroom access will be limited and plan ahead.

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, meaning Beverly is having a panic attack and nobody is helping with dinner. Plus, the radio is on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly’s hostess-neurosis begins to get the better of her, we find that everything may not be as it seems… even the audience!

Fade by Tanya Saracho

Lucia, a Mexican-born novelist, finds herself an outsider on a predominantly white-male set when she lands her first TV writing job. Lucia quickly befriends the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel who was born and raised in California. As Abel shares his life with Lucia, his stories somehow start making their way into her scripts and she is faced with the difficult question – has her success changed who she is? Fade is a powerful play about class, race, and representation within and beyond the Latino community.

Regular ticket prices are $25 with $20 tickets available for students and $15 tickets available for Near West residents. Flex Passes are $120 and offer admission to 6 performances of the pass-holder’s choosing. All 19-20 Season Performances will be held at FTC’s new home in the Basile Building at 2508 W Michigan Street.

Past Productions

The Inaugural Season

Sept. 14 – Oct. 7, 2018
Written on the eve of the 2016 election, the stunning play by Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning dramatist Robert Schenkkan has created a nationwide sensation. Building the Wall lays out the potential repercussions of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric. After that policy resulted in the mass round-up of millions of undocumented individuals, the former warden for one facility is now behind bars awaiting sentencing for the horrific injustices that happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with a historian who has come seeking the truth, he reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.

Nov. 9 – Dec. 2, 2018
A timely examination of growing up black in America by rising-star African American playwright, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler from the suburbs, meets Tru, a street savvy Baltimorean, in a holding cell. Tru thinks Marquis has lost his “blackness” and decides to write a manual: Being Black for Dummies. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.

Jan. 25 – Feb. 17, 2019
Klook is a drifter who’s tired of drifting. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Meeting over carrot juice, they take a chance on love and hope until the past catches up to the future. Soulful music combined with witty and poetic storytelling makes this a mesmerizing theater experience. Please note that this production will be staged at Indy Convergence.

March 13 – EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 4, 2019

Starring Monica Cantrell as Billie Holiday

1959. A seedy bar in Philadelphia. You’re about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen powerful musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a dynamic portrait of the lady and her music. Please note that this production will be staged at The Linebacker and has a unique performance schedule.

July 12 – 28, 2019
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and acclaimed, genre-breaking singer/songwriter Erin McKeown combine talents in this powerful new musical. Miss You Like Hell tells the story of Beatriz and her estranged 16-year-old daughter, Olivia. On the road trip of a lifetime, these incredible women make new friends, reconnect with each other, and explore the meanings of family and redemption. Please note this production will be staged at Kinney Group warehouse. This venue is cooled by fans and will be warm, so be sure to dress comfortably.

2019-2020 Season

Oct 18 – Nov 10, 2019
The Brothers Paranormal tells the story of two Thai-American brothers who launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of Asian-looking ghosts. When the siblings end up investigating the home of an African American couple who claim to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. At times haunting, at times hilarious, The Brothers Paranormal serves as a powerful metaphor for grief, loss, and healing among communities of color.

A Very Bryan Chrystmas 13: How the Grinch Culturally Appropriated Christmas
November 29th – December 22nd, 2019

Join us for a good dose of holiday spirit and cheer as we explore (comedically) what the holidays mean across different cultures and how traditions evolve!  As a huge fan of variety shows and holiday music, Bryan personally curated and contributed to the material, produced and directed 12 episodes of this annual event.  This variety show will feature work from some of the best past contributors: playwrights Eric Pfeffinger, Kenyon Brown and Mark Harvey Levine, musical director Tim Brickley, and choreographer Mariel Greenlee.

By Josh Wilder

Jan 17 – Feb 2, 2020
A layer of bulletproof glass won’t protect Superstar Chinese Take-Out owners from the gentrification consuming the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly. By African American playwright, Joshua Wilder. When a trendy food co-op opens nearby, the Wu’s and their customers initially see it as a hipster annoyance, but as tensions mount they begin to recognize the intrusion as an act of war. Tinged with genuine humor and pathos, Salt Pepper Ketchup examines the very human consequences of neighborhood redevelopment.

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she usually leaves to her husband, Tim. When the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, she couldn’t be more thrilled… until she discovers the fiancé is actually a fiancée. She can’t make The Cake for such a same-sex wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, this is a decision Della will have to make for herself.

By Idris Goodwin

July 9-26, 2020

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The trio of Verb, Pinnacle, and Peep One all grew up making music together in the same neighborhood, but their experiences are worlds apart. Why? Race. A couple of days before their big break, a police shooting sends shock waves through their community. When Verb goes on national TV to make a statement, these life-long friends are forced to talk about their differences and whether or not they all want their art to be political.

Please note this is an outdoor production held in FTC’s parking lot behind the theatre. In the event of rain or inclimate weather, we will make a determination and begin contacting audiences no later than two hours prior to the scheduled showtime.

As a precaution against COVID-19, all audience members are required to wear masks and tickets should be purchased in advance. Please be aware restroom access will be limited and plan ahead. This is a 75 minute show with no intermission.