Founding artistic director Derrick Sanders announced that a world-premiere adaptation by Brian Tucker of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity will be performed at the Goodman Theatre; and founding ensemble member Javon Johnson's Sanctified will also premiere, in CSTC's home at Green Street Theatre.
Also expect the Midwest premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah's Elmina's Kitchen; and the Chicago premiere of Richard Welsey's The Talented Tenth, about alumni of Howard University — the alma mater of several Congo Square members.
Congo Square will be producing in its new home at the Green Street Theatre located at The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green Street (at Chicago Ave., just west of Halsted St.) Black Nativity will play the Owen Stage at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. The 2007-2008 season marks the first four-play season in the company's eight-year history.
The Congo Square season at a glance:
Sanctified by Javon Johnson, directed by Derrick Sanders, featuring Aimee Bryant, Taron Patton, Alexis Rogers. April 24-May 25, 2008. "A small black church in South Carolina standing on its last leg and its tradition is faced with the challenge of preparing a successful revival in hopes of rebuilding their reputation and congregation. A task that becomes overwhelming when their newly required and rather young interim Pastor decides to update the choir with new ideas and instruments. His ideas prove to be a little too fast paced for the elders, even more so when the Pastor seeks assistance from his diva of all divas Sister, and gospel extraordinaire, Sister Pauletta Denise Jones. Things seem to go down hill but all may not be lost. That is if Mister and Sir, who must assist in the success of this revival in order to overcome a challenging mission of their own, are able to fulfill their calling." For more information about Congo Square Theatre Company, visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.
Congo Square Theatre Company "is an ensemble dedicated to artistic excellence. By producing definitive and transformative theatre spawned from the African Diaspora, as well as world culture, Congo Square Theatre Company seeks to establish itself as an institution of multicultural theatre."