2nd Annual BIPOC Play Fest

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Have you been craving theatre for us by us told through our lenses? Then look no further! Perceptions Theatre presents our 2nd BIPOC Play Festival dedicated to showcasing one act plays by talented playwrights of color for the first time IN PERSON! We have brought together 4 playwrights, 4 directors and 10 actors from South Shore, Chicago and the surrounding areas! Our in person festival last two days, July 9th & July 10th and if you aren't able to make it in person or don't live in Chicago and still want to experience these works don't worry. You can watch the festival virtually from July 12th-August 14th! You don’t even have to leave your home to watch and you are able to watch it at your own pace. So save the date you don’t want to miss these plays that offer four diverse, intriguing tales that explore: the chaos of love triangle; the dangers of succession politics; suppressed childhood trauma; and police brutality.  Get your tickets now!

*When you purchase your virtual ticket you will have access to all FOUR one acts below! A link will be emailed to you to access the performances by July 14th. 

Meet The Cast & Directors 

Mess by: Carlo Zenner
 

Marco, 23, a Queer Latinx Chicagoan grappling with the disorienting effects of quarantine and they happen to be a sensitive hopeless romantic, as he navigates the pleasures and pains of casual dating.

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Ashley Keys
 
Director

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Carlo Zenner

Marco

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Jo JB Schaffer

Bailey

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Just-Us 

Jesse

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Dina Perez

Cassandra

The Voice Inside My Head: Lou Johnson
 

The Man in Black recalls his life’s accomplishments, and reflects on the community and national outrage that his murder has caused.

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Rashaad A. Bond
 
Director

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Brandon Etheridge

Man in Black

Was It Me? by: Andrea J. Fulton
 

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Nia Vines
 
Director

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Whitney Pipes

Margo

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Donn Carl Harper

Gabe

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Brandon Etheridge

Man in Black

Kingdom by: Nic Bell
 

Explores the ideas of family, duty, free will, and the inevitability of fate. It aims to challenge what we think we know, by showing us we don’t really know anything. Can we make a stand for what’s right? Or are we doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers?

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Myesha-Tiara
 
Director

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Lavell McGee

Richard

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Kenny Bell

Charles

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Felisha McNeal

Mother

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Adeera Harris

News Reporter

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Brandon Etheridge

Cop 1

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Dina Perez

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Meet The Production Team

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Tamarus Harvell

 

Production Manager

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Jabari Khaliq

Videographer & Cinematographer

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Jerluane 'Jay' Jenkins

Stage Manger & Producing Executive Director

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Myesha-Tiara

Producing Artistic Director

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Literary Manager

Kenny Bell

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Antwon Funches

 

Resident Graphic Designer 

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Jamise Wright

Casting Director

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Adeera Harris

Stage Manager Intern

On the eve of her 50th birthday, a reunion of childhood friends unlocks fragments of uncomfortable memories. What revelations await Margo by the night’s end?