Organizers said the works of Black playwrights from Indianapolis, Detroit, Atlanta and Memphis was staged in the shadows of Historic Indiana Avenue for the first time in a symbolic effort to connect that storied past to the creativity of Black artists in the new millennium.
OnyxFest Director Vernon A. Williams said, “Countless talented Black performers graced the stage of the Attucks auditorium throughout the 20th Century. Similar scores of luminaries performed on ‘The Avenue’ only stones’ throw away from the campus. This spiritual connection of legacy and the work of those sustaining the arts today embody an inseparable cultural marriage.”
We appreciate everyone that came out to celebrate our OnyxFest 2023 playwrights, cast and crew! It was a great kickoff for OnyxFest 2023.
“The Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI enjoyed an enthusiastic turnout tonight for its OnyxFest 2023 Kickoff Reception introducing this year’s playwrights! The spirited gathering was held at the Galleries at Eskenazi Fine Arts Center on Indiana Avenue.” – Vernon A. Williams, Director of OnyxFest
Thank you for making the 2nd Annual CENTERSTAGE: A Theater Workshop a success!