4TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THEATRE FESTIVAL Review- WHERE EMERGING ARTISTS ARE ENABLED TO SHINE

 

A Taste of Theater is a Community Theatre organization, which was created in Chicago Illinois in 2011 by Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Pierre Evans and co-owners, Mr. Victor Gulley and Ms. Regina High.

A Taste of Theatre Festival exposes, educates and entertains a diverse audience of professional, intermediate and novice playwrights, thespians and staff members. Playwrights compete by showcasing a twenty-five minute segment of their play. Just as movie trailers provide the public with insight about the movie they intend to see, A Taste of Theatre offers theater lovers the opportunity to see a “Taste” of productions from playwrights across the country.

The 4th Annual A Taste of Theatre Festival, which was hosted by Mr. Pierre Evans and Mr. Victor Gulley, concluded on Saturday October 8, 2016 at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School, located at 230 E. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628.  The festival was composed of workshops, which consist of valuable resources for both playwrights and actors. During the Friday’s workshops, playwrights and actors learned the fundamentals of operating a theatre and what an artistic directors look for when selecting scripts for productions from Runako Jahi, the former artistic director of ETA Creative Arts. This year a youth workshop was added and participants were instructed on how to develop a script from Jerome Benton, of the well-know group, “The Time” and Illunga Adelle, a television writer who has written episodes for the TV series, such as Sanford & Son and Moesha. Mr. Harold Dennis taught the actor’s workshop. During his lecture, the actors were instructed on the business of Acting.

During Saturday’s workshop, aspiring actors were given the opportunity to participate in “Acting With The Stars”.  Participants received the chance read a script opposite of a Hollywood actor and were given tips on how to improve their performance. This years stars included: Christopher Williams, Drew Sidora, Cynda Williams and Eric Lane.

The winners of the Acting With The Stars: 1st place - Domonique Glover, 2nd place - Selah Townsend and 3rd place - Jacob Lewis

 

Theatrical performances convened at 6:30 pm each night, in which audiences had the opportunity to see a twenty-five minute snippet of productions from playwrights all over the country and vote for their favorite plays.  This year’s audience was delighted by performances from the renowned Chicago group of the 80’s Magnum Force.

 

This year’s lineup included: “Papa Don’t” by Izola Wright, “Boys to Bagdad” by Rory Sheriff, “2 Wrongs Don’t Make It Right” by Darryl Easley, “Blood Ties” by Kenya Phifer-Jones, “Happy Hour @ The Office” by Marvanna Avery-Cash, “Forbidden Fruit” by Evie Wells, “The Inner Connection” by Catherine Mayberry, “The Courage To Stand Up” by Andr’ee Kandie Harris, “Forever” by Meme Wallace, “More Baby Mama Drama” by Pastor Jean Lockett and “Exposed” by Bonita Adams.

“Boys to Baghdad” by playwright Rory Sheriff of Charlotte, North Carolina received 1st place in this year’s festival. “Blood Ties” by Kenya Phifer-Jones of Chicago, Illinois won 2nd Place and Darryl Easley of Dayton, Ohio production, “2 Wrongs Don’t Make It Right” placed 3rd.

 

Photographe by LaRita S Smith

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