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  World Premiere
 THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

   Book by Itamar Moses
   Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
   Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin
   Based upon the novel by Jonathan Lethem

   September 30 – November 2, 2014

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Lethem, the soaring new musical THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE makes its world premiere this fall with a dynamite creative team including composer/lyricist Michael Friedman (Love’s Labour’s Lost Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. Co-production with Dallas Theater Center.


Anne Frank Project aims to show
the power of storytelling

By Colin Dabkowski | News Arts Critic
on September 5, 2014. 11:00 PM

MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY:
From Douglass to Deliverance


A Special One-Time Performance at
SUNY Buffalo State's 6th Annual
Anne Frank Project
Monday, September 8, 2014
from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Buffalo, NY. Warren Enters Theatre

Anne Frank Project
“Change through Stories”

In celebration of Black History Month, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields performed his solo work-in-progress, entitled MINE EYES SEEN THE GLORY

prod image
..photo by Sally Cohn

Mr. De Shields notes that the months of January and February host the following historic events: Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday (Jan 19); the first anniversary of the inauguration of our first African-American President, Barack Obama (Jan 20); Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb 12) & the anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ birth (Feb 1818).



“In my performance, I explore the life and achievements of the Great Emancipator, Frederick Douglass. Douglass began his life as a slave, through heroic efforts, became one of America’s most important and historically influential African American leaders.”
..André De Shields


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Having a Blast

As we pause to recognize Overture Center for the Arts’ tenth anniversary, renowned Broadway actor and Overture’s opening night star André De Shields shares how his journey in the arts has been molded and shaped by Madison’s own artistic evolution
   

BY ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS

Aug 19, 2014

 
Be forewarned, I am a man who believes in signs and omens, and all that they might portend. That said, once upon a time, long ago, but not so far away, there was a young student of color at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who, more than anything, wanted to be considered an asset to his alma mater.

As any good storyteller would, I am going to begin at the beginning, which for this particular journey is Wednesday, June 25, 1969. That was the date of the long-anticipated opening of the Madison Civic Repertory Theatre.

Chicago Humanities Festival’s
25th anniversary lineup a full catalog of “Journeys”


   At the Francis W. Parker School
   November 3, 2014

Helmed by Jeff Award-winning duo Rob Lindley and Doug Peck, this musical revue is a chronological journey featuring a song from each Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” production since 1949. Choreographed by Katie Spelman, the production will feature André DeShields (“The Wiz,” “Jungle Book”), Ernestine Jackson (“Raisin”) Karen Mason (“Sunset Boulevard”), and numerous stars of the stage.

Tickets can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or by calling the CHF Box Office at (312) 494-9509, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
   
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