Michael Fosberg's INCOGNITO Plays 16th Street 5/6-29

16th Street Theater presents the national hit that started in Chicago for a 4-week run May 6-29, 2010 with a press opening Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn. Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were: that you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. Writer/performer Michael Fosberg recounts his true tale of his search for his biological father at age 34 that turns up a whole lot more. Armed with only the name of his father and the knowledge that he lived in the Detroit area two decades earlier, Michael, who is white, makes a miraculous call which in one instant changes his entire identity: his father is African-American.

This sets in motion a series of discoveries of family -- of secrets and lies, confrontation and reconciliation. Incognito balances humor and emotion as it deals with race, prejudice and life's difficult choices.

Hailed by Chicago Tribune's Richard Christiansen as "one of the top theatrical events of the 2001 season... an engrossing and deeply moving trip, for both the audience and the performer... it will shake you to your own roots," Incognito has subsequently toured to theaters, performing arts centers, high schools and colleges across the country. It now returns to the Chicago area in the intimate 16th Street Theater for its 2010 Season Three: What is Home? Post-show dialogues follow every performance.

Michael Fosberg, a Chicago native, has been writing, acting, and directing for more than twenty-five years. He has performed in Chicago as an actor at the Steppenwolf & Goodman Theatres, having worked with directors Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and Robert Falls. He received a Jeff Citation for Best Actor for his performance in Sam Shepard's Savage/Love. His memoir, Incognito, on which the play is based, will be published this fall. The film company NUMBER 8 is currently making a documentary about his life and play. More information about the play can be gathered from his website at www.incognitotheplay.com.

16TH STREET THEATER exists to tell the stories of ALL in our community. Recognized by the Chicago Reader as Chicago's Best Emerging Theater 2009, 16th Street Theater is located 17 minutes from downtown Chicago at the Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402. Just west of Ridgeland, the theater is one mile southwest of the Austin exit off the Eisenhower Expressway/290 and the Austin Blue line. There is free parking in the lot one block west at 16th and Gunderson. Go to www.16thstreettheater.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

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