Monday, February 16, 2015


Black Ensemble Theater’s Greatest Hits CD 
to be sold at all U.S. Garrett Popcorn Shops® throughout February 
with all proceeds benefitting the Theater

In honor of Black History Month, Garrett Popcorn Shops® will donate 10 percent of all in-shop and online gourmet Popcorn Tin sales, from February 1 – February 28, 2015, up to $20,000, to Black Ensemble Theater.  Additionally, during the month of February, Black Ensemble’s Greatest Hits Volume 1 CD will be on sale at Garrett Popcorn Shops® in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Detroit and Atlanta ($19.95, plus tax) with 100 percent  of proceeds benefitting Black Ensemble Theater.

For more information on the partnership, or to purchase a Tin, please visit: or        

“Black Ensemble Theater is so proud and extremely excited to have such a wonderful partnership with the one and only Garrett Popcorn Shops® - a Chicago tradition,” says Black Ensemble Theater’s Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.  “Black Ensemble Theater will once again be recognized as a national company through the selling of our Black Ensemble Greatest Hits CD’s in Garrett Popcorn Shops across the country including Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Detroit and Atlanta.  Thanks to Garrett Popcorn, audiences can enjoy  handcrafted, gourmet Popcorn while experiencing the greatest music in the world as performed by the Black Ensemble Theater.”

Garrett Popcorn Shops®
Garrett Popcorn Shops, a Chicago tradition since 1949, serves only the finest, handcrafted Popcorn. Every small batch of Garrett® is hot air popped throughout the day for ultimate freshness. Using only the highest quality, wholesome ingredients, cooks coat every kernel with their secret family recipes in old-fashioned copper kettles. Their Signature Flavors include: CaramelCrisp® (which can be selected with almonds, pecans, macadamia or cashews), CheeseCorn, Buttery, Plain and the famous Garrett Mix® – which blends CaramelCrisp's sophisticated sweetness with the savory goodness of CheeseCorn.

Like no other, Garrett Popcorn enchants adoring fans around the world. In Chicago, their Shops are located at 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), Navy Pier food court, Merchandise Mart (2nd floor), 26 West Randolph St., 4 East Madison St., 27 West Jackson Blvd., 737 East 87th St., O’Hare International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 3, Citigroup Center at 500 West Madison St. (2nd floor), and Water Tower Place at 835 North Michigan Ave. (Level 7). Garrett also brings a taste of Chicago to its Shops in New York City (at Penn Plaza between 7th & 8th), Las Vegas (Miracle Mile Shops), Detroit (Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi), Atlanta (Lenox Square Mall), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

For more information and to share Garrett in the United States and Canada visit

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), is expected in to begin construction by General Contractor Norcon Inc. in January 2015 with a September 2015 opening.

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 or call 773-769-4451.

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