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Shades of Black Theatre Festival returns this month

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See Shawn Whitsell in Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men at the Shades of Black Festival

The 16th Annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival runs September 1 – October 1, 2022. Experience plays, workshops, and special events presented by SistaStyle Productions, Dream 7 Productions, Destiny Theatre Experience, Tennessee Playwrights Studio and the Global Education Center. The Annual Opening Celebration Mixer is Tuesday, September 6th – 6-8 pm. Friends, food and networking are all FREE and it’s open to the public, at Darkhorse Theatre; masks and proof of vaccination required..

“Don’t Look Black: A Moral Story” – a play by Preston Crowder, directed by Alicia Haymer and presented by Tennessee Playwrights Studio runs through September 3rd at 7:30 pm. Tickets: tnplaywrights.org

“The Oh Bitch, You Worry Club” by Sheila Ashton, directed by Christan Riley (opening feature) and “Cultural Millennium” written by Michael L. Walker, founder and Executive Director, Emeritus runs September 9th, 10th at 7:30 pm, and September 25th at 3 pm. Tickets: dream7productions.com

The Destiny Theatre Experience will present its next production “Black N Blue Boys / Broken Men” written by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Candace-Omnira, performed by Shawn Whitsell, September 23rd & 24th at 7:30 pm. 

Bold, beautiful, and fierce-Dael Orlandersmith delivers a riveting story in “Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men.” This gritty play portrays five unforgettable male characters, linked by their efforts to forge identities in families fractured by abuse. Each relates a story that transforms these challenges into a celebration of our capacity to survive. Orlandersmith created this piece after working at a shelter for homeless youth in the 1980s, and her writing brings these characters roaring to life. At once powerful and heartbreakingly poetic, “Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” will leave you breathless.

The Global Education Center will present Fuego Flamenco Cante on Friday, September 30th at 8 pm and Latine Fire Retro Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 pm. Visit globaleducationcenter.org for more information.

“Dashikis & Daiquiris,” hosted by Shawn Whitsell, On the 1’s & 2’s….DJ Vu. 9 pm to midnight is FREE, with Donations Accepted, at 9:00 pm, Saturday, September 17.

There is an Acting Workshop, September 17th, 11-1 pm, FREE. Makeup for Actors, facilitated by Performance Studios, Saturday, September 24th, 6-7 pm (For Actors Only). Playwriting Workshop, led by Shawn Whitsell, September 24th, 11-1 pm. FREE. 

All events will be held at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN 37209. NOTE: THE VENUE REQUIRES MASKS & PROOF OF VACCINATION

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