OnyxFest 2019

The Price of Progress: The Indiana Avenue/IUPUI Story

“The Price of Progress” is a play written and directed by IUPUI’s own Vernon A. Williams. Inspired by the 2010 book of the same name, it examines 80 years of history along historic Indiana Avenue, from bebop to hip-hop. READ MORE

The People Speak

A 1968 essay was published in The Drama Review.  Author, essayist, and literary theorist Larry Neal declared that Black Theatre must meet the needs and aspirations of the Black community. In this vein The People Speak is an annual staged production that builds on the work of historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010) and Brazilian theatre visionary, Augusto Boal’s (1931-2009) Theatre of the Oppressed[1]. This live production merges art, public memory, and activism to promote awareness, community-education, and social transformation. The People Speak works to educate and inspire current as well as future generations to leverage the power of theatre to build and sustain equity, community, social and racial justice.  It gives visibility and public expression through music and readings of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our living past.  


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