Photo Coverage: Shades of Black Theatre Festival Mixer

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Photo Coverage: Shades of Black Theatre Festival Mixer

More than 100 theatre professionals gathered Monday night, August 24, for the kick-off event for the fourth annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival. Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, was the site for the Festival Mixer which opens the month-long event.

Seeking "to provide an artistic outlet to Nashville and surrounding cities, as well as to provide a platform for actors, directors, producers, writers and theatre enthusiasts to network and learn" is the purpose of the Festival, according to Mary McCallum of SistaStyle Productions.

The festival continues throughout September at Darkhorse Theatre. All shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Show tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. For reservations and information, call (615) 781-3904. For further information, visit the website at www.shadesofblackfestival.com

Among shows--in addition to workshops and lectures, a late-night stand-up comedy performance and a poetry jam--offered during the month-long festival, are:

August 28-30: Love Ballad, written by Michael L. Walker and directed by John B. Wiggins, presented by Dream 7 Theatre Productions.

September 4-6: Amazing Grace. Written by Shay Youngblood and directed by Kennth B. Dozier, presented by Nairobi Cafe.

September 10-12: Green Honey Love. Written by Gail Wynn Huland El and Directed by Mary McCallum, presented by SistaStyle Productions.

September 12 and 13: Extremities. Written by William Mastrosimone, directed by Shawn Whitsell, presented by SistaStyle Productions.

September 17-20: Ebony Dreams. Written and directed by Shawn Whitsell, presented by the Destiny Theatre Experience.

September 19: Words You Shouldn't Say to Brown Girls. Written, directed and performed by Melissa Gordon, presented by Tomboy in Chic Productions.

September 24-26: Split Second. Written by Dennis McIntire and directed by Eugenia J. Sweeney, presented by Collards & Caviar Theatre Productions.

Photo Coverage: Shades of Black Theatre Festival Mixer
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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor oustanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror.


 
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