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Theatres Team Up for "To Be Black" Virtual Event

Newport-based Falcon Theatre is teaming up with Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective (Cincy BlackTAC) to present To Be Black, a virtual event featuring scenes and monologues from local black playwrights.

The event streams online from April 9 to April 14.

Cincy BlackTAC introduced a weekly series last summer, Monologues for Us by Us, featuring the work of playwright August Wilson and his contemporaries. In the new collaboration with Falcon, stories of black life will be told through the words of local playwrights, including Derek J. Snow, Cris Eli Blak, A.J. Baldwin, Arethia Hornsby Rinfrow, and Curtis Shepard.

The performance is directed by Piper N. Davis and Candice Handy, and features actors Geoffrey Barnes and Ernaisjia Curry.

“The audience will get to hear from a variety of black voices with To Be Black," Handy said. "I hope that viewers will gain some perspective in subject matters like identity, gentrification and trauma that affect black people every day in a different way than our white peers. I also hope that the audience will have a good time! There are some new, fresh and comedic voices in To Be Black that truly showcase the vibrancy of black culture and quick-wittedness of black folks!” 

Falcon Theatre is hosting the event at its Monmouth Street space.

“Theatre, at its core, is a collaborative process. Part of Falcon Theatre's mission is to advocate new voices, foster talent and vision and provide a safe, inviting environment for all artists to grow and share their work," Falcon Artistic Director Ted Weil said. "Collaborating with Cincy BlackTAC is a fundamental way Falcon can help support the efforts of BIPOC (black, indigenous people of color) artists so the momentum gained through tragedy is not lost to complacency.”

In a news release, the theatre said that it is committed to the highest level of safety practices for the artists and crew during the filming process for this streamed production. 

To Be Black will be available for streaming April 9-14, 2021, for $15. Tickets will be available for purchase on both the Falcon and Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective’s websites. Ticketholders will be able to view the show for 48 hours after their purchase. 

https://www.cincyblacktac.com/

https://falcontheater.net

-Staff report

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