Onstage @ Weeksville

 

Weeksville Heritage Center presents ONSTAGE, a theater program featuring artists and institutions creating vehicles that will guide us through the 21st century.

 

Get ready for our 2019 season!

The Mothers Of The Movements [M.O.M.S.]: The Black Woman: She Does Exist    will  re-center our foremothers who organized, marched, recruited, campaigned, made meals, coordinated direct action efforts, fostered community, and laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movements. We have asked black women art- activists to look at and reimagine three seminal texts from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements:  "The Black Woman: She Does Exist" by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer & reimagined by Chisa Hutchinson  "Address at the Hattiesburg Freedom Day Rally" by Ella Baker & reimagined by Mfoniso Udofia  "The SNCC Position Paper" by Anonymous Women & reimagined by Staceyann Chinn  “I’m A Preservationist” by Dr. Joan Maynard, National Trust for Historic Preservation, pub March/April 1979  The newly commissioned works were created by the next generation of vital Black women voices; writers  Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, and Staceyann Chin . Seeking to strengthen the bonds between past and present, and in addition to the newly commissioned work, NBT has gathered pioneering Black women legends of the theater community to perform the original seminal texts.   The production will be directed by  Jonathan McCory, Artistic Director of The National Black Theatre    Saturday, March 16, 2019 6-9PM   The  show  will take place from  6:00-7:30 PM  and the  Community TalkBack/Reception  will take place from  7:30-8:30 PM . Tickets are $10 per seat!

The Mothers Of The Movements [M.O.M.S.]: The Black Woman: She Does Exist will re-center our foremothers who organized, marched, recruited, campaigned, made meals, coordinated direct action efforts, fostered community, and laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movements. We have asked black women art- activists to look at and reimagine three seminal texts from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements:

"The Black Woman: She Does Exist" by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer & reimagined by Chisa Hutchinson

"Address at the Hattiesburg Freedom Day Rally" by Ella Baker & reimagined by Mfoniso Udofia

"The SNCC Position Paper" by Anonymous Women & reimagined by Staceyann Chinn

“I’m A Preservationist” by Dr. Joan Maynard, National Trust for Historic Preservation, pub March/April 1979

The newly commissioned works were created by the next generation of vital Black women voices; writers Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, and Staceyann Chin. Seeking to strengthen the bonds between past and present, and in addition to the newly commissioned work, NBT has gathered pioneering Black women legends of the theater community to perform the original seminal texts.


The production will be directed by Jonathan McCory, Artistic Director of The National Black Theatre

Saturday, March 16, 2019 6-9PM

The show will take place from 6:00-7:30 PM and the Community TalkBack/Reception will take place from 7:30-8:30 PM. Tickets are $10 per seat!

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The Weeksville Heritage Center is excited to announce the return of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation to the Onstage @ Weeksville theater series, with The HBCU Show, February 13 - 15, 2019!

The HBCU Show follows six adolescents from Brooklyn, NY, growing up with adversities and trying to live up to the society around them. The play recounts their personal stories and the learning experiences of participating in a Historically Black College & University Tour. The HBCU Show also tells the real life story of how Michael Kofi Hooper, took children from Brooklyn to HBCU’s all over the country. The goal of the tour was to show the determination of Black people to survive in America. Written by Kofi Osei Williams,  Executive Director of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, The HBCU Show is the perfect way to expose your students to institutions of higher learning.

February 13-15

School performances will be held at Weeksville Heritage Center at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Tickets are $10 per student; 30 students max per educator; 1-2 chaperones per group. All Educators who book tickets for the show will receive a **50% discount to return to Weeksville Heritage Center for a Guided Tour of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses and an Art Workshop of their choosing. Please contact (zenzele@weeksvillesociety.org) for more details.

February 16

Bring the whole family to the community show on Saturday evening, February 16th at 6PM. Tickets are $10 per seat.


2018 Season


Architects of Self

Chelsea D. Harrison gives us "The Guide To Getting What's Yours"  More information →

Architects of Pride

Join us for this special dinner theater experience in collaboration with New Black Fest. More information →

 

Architects of the Future

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Join us for an insightful and provocative evening with Obie award winning playwright Dominique Morisseau,  More information →

 

Architects of Creativity

Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation amplifies the voices of youth across the diaspora through hip-hop.  More information →