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BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CONCLUDES 2017 SEASON WITH
SAMMY: THE STORY OF SAMMY DAVIS JR.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DARYL D. BROOKS
December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Black Ensemble Theater concludes the 2017 Season (The Dance Theater Season) with Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks, with choreography by Rueben D. Echoles. Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018.
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Black Ensemble Theater’s “The Dance Theater Season” concludes with Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. Telling the story of the rise of the great entertainment icon and Rat Pack member, this production follows his career from the beginnings in vaudeville to his success in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname greatest entertainers in the world.
Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. features Michael Adkins (Sammy Davis Jr.), Dwight Neal (Sammy Davis Sr.), Rueben D. Echoles (Will Mastin), Rhonda Preston (Rosa Davis), Nathan Cooper (Frank Sinatra), Mark Yacullo (Dean Martin), Emily Hawkins (May Britt), Kylah Williams (Altovis Davis), and Trequon Tate (George Johnson), as well as ensemble members Linnea Norwood and Brian Boler.
As with all Black Ensemble Theater productions, Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. features live musicians led by musical director/arranger Robert Reddrick.
The designers are Alexia Rutherford (costumes), Denise Karczewski (set/lights), Aaron Quick (sound/projection design), David Samba (sound). The equity stage manager is Bekki Lambrecht.
Tickets are available at the Black Ensemble Box Office located at 4450 N. Clark St in Chicago, or online at www.blackensemble.org, or by phone at (773) 769-4451. Tickets are $45 for previews (preview dates); $55 (Thursdays and Saturday matinees) and $65 (Fridays, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees). There is a 10% discount for students, seniors and groups.
Featuring: Michael Adkins (Sammy Davis Jr.), Dwight Neal (Sammy Davis Sr.), Rueben D. Echoles (Will Mastin), Rhonda Preston (Rosa Davis), Nathan Cooper (Frank Sinatra), Mark Yacullo (Dean Martin), Emily Hawkins (May Britt), Kylah Williams (Altovis Davis), Trequon Tate (George Johnson), and ensemble members Linnea Norwood and Brian Boler
Creative Team: Alexia Rutherford (costumes), Denise Karczewski (set/lights), Aaron Quick (sound/projection design), David Samba (sound), Bekki Lambrecht (equity stage manager)
December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Previews: December 9, 10, 15 and 16
Thursdays: 7:30 pm (except 12/14)
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 3:00 pm (12/23, 12/30, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20 only)
Sundays: 3:00 pm (except 12/24 and 12/31)
No performances on Christmas Eve (12/24) or New Year’s Eve (12/31)
Location: Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Valet parking is available.
Ticket prices: $45 Previews
$55 on Thursdays and Saturday matinees;
$65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees
A 10% discount is available for students, seniors, and groups.
Box Office: Buy online at www.blackensemble.org or call (773) 769-4451
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), with construction by General Contractor Norcon Inc., is expected in 2018.
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.