CHICAGO -- Black Caesar, the winner of the 1997-98 Theodore Ward Prize for African-American playwriting in Chicago, premieres at Columbia College Chicago's New Studio Theatre, Feb. 25-Mar. 8. Written by Chicago playwright and actor David Barr (currently starring in Pegasus Players' Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton), the play centers on a writer who tries to investigate the life of the recently deceased publisher of an African-American newspaper (that is a lot like this city's Chicago Defender).
Ron O.J. Parson, artistic director of Onyx Theatre Ensemble, directs this black Citizen Kane.
-- By Lawrence Bommer