Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has announced that tickets are now on sale for its summer season which includes four main stage plays, three dramatic readings and two concerts.
All performances, except the dramatic readings, will take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston.
A limited number of Premium Season Discount Cards are available at the Noyes Center box office. Each $40 card is valid for four plays and two concerts in 2013, which is a $38 savings over full-price tickets.
The season will open on June 8 with “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. Running through June 23, this series of 20 Chorepoems accompanied by live, original music will express the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.
From June 29 through July 14, “Woza Albert!” will explore the time of apartheid and how Black South Africans sought the return of the savior, Morena, who fulfills the biblical prophecy that Jesus Christ will return—this time to South Africa! The play was written by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon.
“Going to St. Ives” by Lee Blessing tells the story of two impressive women, one a European eye surgeon and the other a mother of an African Dictator. The women are brought together by that which is personal and divided by that which is political. It will be performed July 20 through August 4.
Playwright Marsha Estell will be brilliantly funny and bittersweet in the August 10-25 solo performances of her play, “Big Butt Girls and Other Fantasies — The Remix!” Trapped by varicose veins and hot flashes, Marty desperately longs for the happier yesteryears.
All Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre main stage performances will take place Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and will be directed by Tim Rhoze, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Due to popular demand, the Summertime Concert Series will be repeated. On August 30, the Summer Blues Set will feature bluesman “Chainsaw Dupont” and on August 31, a Gospel Celebration/The Women of Gospel Music concert will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Cherry.
The Dramatic Reading Series’ theme is “Celebrating the Funny; African American Comedy.” Dramatists Guild Award-winner “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe will be presented at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, June 1, June 13 and August 3, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue. The play features 11 vignettes that satirize elements of African American culture. Admission is free as part of the Mayor’s Summer Recreation Program.
Discounted advance tickets for the main stage and concert performances are available now and may be purchased by phone with a major credit card at 847-448-8260 or in person at the Noyes Center box office. Box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Full-price tickets for that day’s performance or advance tickets for other performances may be purchased at the box office on Saturdays starting at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays starting at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for main stage productions are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission to the Summertime Blues Set or Summertime Gospel Music Celebration is $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre is a City of Evanston-sponsored premier professional theatre with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence. For more information, please visit www.cityofevanston.org/fjtheatre or call 3-1-1 (847-448-4311).