Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to Lead THE SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN at Black Ensemble Theater, 5/3

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to Lead THE SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN at Black Ensemble Theater, 5/3

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor announces a special benefit event to include a one night-only performance of The Soul of a Powerful Woman, written and directed by Jackie Taylor. This special performance is a part of Black Ensemble Theater's Powerful Woman Campaign and features some of Chicago's most outstanding powerful women. The evening will begin with a pre-show reception at 7:00pm followed by the 8:00pm performance at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will lead a dynamic cast, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Senator Mattie Hunter, Mayor of Evanston Elizabeth Tishdahl, Urban League President Andrea Zopp, Whitaker Kinne Group President and CEO Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, Women's Business Development Center Founder Hedy Ratner, and Dentons US Partner Natalie Spears, among others. The performance will also feature some of Black Ensemble's regular company of phenomenal performers.

Donors who make a gift of $250 to the Powerful Woman campaign will receive a complimentary ticket to this exclusive event, which includes a pre-show reception with the cast of The Soul of a Powerful Woman. Proceeds from the evening will help to support Black Ensemble Theater's mission through supporting its general operations. Call (773) 769-4451 or contact Amy Buckler at abuckler@blackensemble.org for more information and tickets.

The Black Ensemble Theater: Founded in 1976, by the phenomenal producer, playwright and actress Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater is the only African American theater located in the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse north side Uptown community. Through its Five Play Season of Excellence, The Black Ensemble Theater dazzles audiences locally, nationally and internationally with outstanding original musicals that are entertaining, educational and uplifting. The Black Ensemble Theater has produced more than 100 productions and employed over 5,000 artists.

On November 18, 2011, The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center opened and is able to accommodate larger-scale productions, bigger audiences and a wider range of educational programming. The new facility includes amenities such as a 299-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the original venue); 14 offices, classroom space; rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; rehearsal room for musicians; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage. The completion of a 150-seat theater, which will serve as an experimental stage for the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI), is expected in to begin construction in September, 2014.

The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater Company is to eradicate racism and its devastating effects upon society through the theater arts. For more information on the Black Ensemble Theater Company, please visit www.BlackEnsembleTheater.org or call 773-769-4451.

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