The Milwaukee Black Theater Festival is back

The Milwaukee Black Theater Festival is back

The organizers announce new plans for the third annual festival



DIANA: THIS WEEK THE MILWAUKEE BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL COMES BACK. THE WEEK LONG CELEBRATION IS BIGGER THAN EVER THIS YEAR. WITH ME LIVE IS ORGANIZER SHERI WILLIAMS PANNEL . THIS IS THE THIRD ANNUAL MILWAUKEE BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL. WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? >> WE SPREAD ACROSS MILWAUKEE, WE’RE ON STAGE AT SAINT A’S, THE PROFESSIONAL CENTER OF 53RD AND CAPITAL, OR TAKE THE FESTIVAL IN THE COMMUNITY – WE TAKE THE FESTIVAL IN THE COMMUNITY. DIANA: THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR IS THE SPEAK OF THE GENERATIONS OF BLACK FAMILIES. WHY IS THE TOPIC SO IMPORTANT TO OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES IN OUR COMMUNITIES? >> IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY THE CHALLENGES BECAUSE THEY AFFECT US ALL, NO MATTER THE AGE. WE WANT TO ADDRESS YOU IN A CREATIVE WAY AND IN A WAY THAT PROVIDES ENHANCEMENT AND IN SOME CASES ALSO SOME SOLUTIONS. DIANA: THIS ARE NOT EASY CONVERSATIONS TO HAVE, WE MIX IT WITH ELEVENATION. THEY ARE HARD CONVERSATIONS. >> AS ARTISTS, WE ARE USED TO DEALING CREATIVELY WITH DIFFICULT TOPICS. We have five playwrights that we feature, and I’m one of them. WE START ON WEDNESDAY WITH YOUTH AND FAMILY EVENTS FEATURES YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE CITY LINKED TO VARIOUS THEATER COMPANIES PRODUCED BY ASHLEY JORDAN. WE WILL CONTINUE THIS TOPIC ON THURSDAY WITH CHLOE’S BEAUTIFUL BLUES. IT’S BY CALDWELL’S LOOK THAT THE COLOR IS HE – IT’S BY CALDWELL AND IT LOOKS LIKE COLORISM. I WAS WATCHING THE NEWS FEW MINUTES AGO WITH ALL THESE EVENTS IN 75 MINUTES IN MILWAUKEE, THIS PIECE IS TIMELY AND YET IT IS PRESENTED IN A WAY THAT PEOPLE WHO GUNS VIOLENCE AND PRESS RELEASE ARE IN — THEY PRESENT SOLUTIONS TO THEIR OWN WAY. WE HAVE A PIECE INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE HIDDEN CHARACTERS, IT GIVES PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE WOMEN AND THE BACKGROUND. THERE IS A FAMILY REUNION CONCERT WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TIME ON SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATING THE FIRST FAMILIES OF SOUL AND GOSPEL AND ON SUNDAY, THIS JUST IN. WE HAVE A COMMUNITY TALK AMONG THE BLACK THEATER WHERE WE COME TOGETHER AND WE CALL IT LET’S TALK. WE END THE FESTIVAL WITH A SHOWCASE OF ARMY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS WITH MANY TALENTS OF SINGING, DANCE, POETRY, INSTRUMENTS USING THE ART AS A FORM OF HEALING AND BRINGING THEM THROUGH THEIR TRAUMA. DIANA: WHEN YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THERE’S NO OTHER QUOTE. I’m glad we were able to chat about this, THANK YOU SO MUCH. LET’S CALL OUT SOME MORE INFORMATION, TAKE A PICTURE, IT HAPPENS FROM 10TH TO 14TH AUGUST. WE ALSO HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE, IT DOES A LIST OF EVEN

The Milwaukee Black Theater Festival is back

The organizers announce new plans for the third annual festival


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