Opening- February 12th
Closing -March 27th
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CHICAGO- (February 1, 2016)-eta Creative Arts Foundation is proud to present Lines in the Dust, another Chicago Premiere by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, Nikkole Salter. When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It’s been over a half-century since Brown vs. The Board of Education. Lines in the Dust, questions how far we’ve come and more importantly, where we go from here.
Lines in the Dust, opens on Friday, February 12, 2016 and will run through March 27, 2016 at eta Gallery Theatre 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. General Admission is $30 with reduced rates for seniors, students and groups. For more information call 773-752-3955 or visit www.etacreativearts.org
Playwright, Nikkole Salter OBIE (Off-Broadway Theater Award) Award Winning Actress and Playwright arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance with Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has written 6 full-length plays, been commissioned for full-length work by 6 institutions, been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and been published in 12 international publications Lines in the Dust was commissioned by and received its world premiere at Luna Stage, in West Orange, NJ. Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a two time Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee, is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth, the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, and was selected to write the screen adaptation of Claude Brown’s New York Times Bestselling novel, Manchild in the Promised Land. Salter says that “the architects of the legal strategy of the NAACP thought they were reaching their goal with the decision, but they were misguided in one major aspect: changing a law doesn’t change hearts. If you haven’t changed the hearts of people, the law that you create may provide a temporary solve for the issue at hand, but what is actually driving the problem will just manifest itself in new ways. I think they underestimated how much people believed in staying away from black people. They thought it was the right thing for them and their families.” www.nikkolesalter.com
Lines in the Dust is the second play of Salter’s to be produced at eta; Repairing A Nation ran November 13, 2015-January 3, 2016. Carnaval will also be a featured reading during the inaugural event, eta Magic Box on January 17, 2016 at 7pm.
Director, Phyllis E. Griffin is an Associate Professor at The Theatre School of Drama of DePaul University. Griffin’s training and experience is rooted in major theater developments of the late 1960’s to the current day. She received her BA in Theatre at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and her M.F.A. in Directing from Goodman in 1977. Griffin is a Certified Feldenkrais Practioner® and Certified Lessac Teacher. In addition, she has studied with Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Theatre Method, Patsy Rodenburg, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Dudley Knight and Kristin Linklater. She has served as vocal coach for The Goodman Theatre, assisting on Gem Of The Ocean, Drowning Crow, King Hedley II, Blues For An Alabama Sky and I Am A Man. She was the vocal coach for Shakespeare on the Green’s production of Othello and has previously worked for Disney Productions as the vocal coach to prospective actors for The Lion King. She was also a dialect coach for Joan Plowright on the feature film Dennis the Menace and has provided vocal instruction to several private business leaders and narrated documentaries for PBS and NPR. In addition to her work as a voice and speech professor, Griffin has directed several plays for The Theatre School including Two Trains Running, Insurrection: Holding History, Flyin’ West, Stamping, Shouting And Singing Home, Sleep Deprivation Chamber, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf and Curse Of The Starving Class, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. July 2010 Griffin made her non-academic directorial debut at eta Creative Arts with Jeff recommended Herbert III and Contribution by Theodis “Ted” Shine.
Chicago’s Premiere of Lines in the Dust is one that you won’t want to miss! For additional information on Group Sales and other events that will be scheduled in conjunction with the production, contact eta at 773-752-3955.