The second offering in the four-part “Celebrating Life, Community and the Arts” series brings to life the true story of Jevoid Simmons’s family’s audacious journey from the Jim Crow South to the urban North in the 1950s.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and The Musical Offering are collaborating with Evanston artist/storyteller extraordinaire Mr. Simmons and Theatre Zarko’s master puppeteer Michael Montenegro for this event, at 7 p.m. on March 1.
In this heartfelt storytelling, animated puppetry presentation, Mr. Simmons’s melodic voice and subtle inflections beautifully share a portion of his soon- to-be-released book “Up From Down Home: A Family’s Journey North.” Mr. Montenegro’s imaginative animated puppetry supports the folk story with stunning visual creativity. Harmoniously floating underneath are the original musical compositions by The Musical Offering’s artistic director Rick Ferguson.
This exquisite 10-minute piece, presented by the Evanston Performing Arts Collective, is directed by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s artistic director Tim Rhoze.
This free event can be viewed on EPAC’s YouTube Channel.
Members of the recently formed Evanston Performing Arts Collective are 2nd Act Players, Actor’s Gymnasium, Dance Center Evanston, Evanston Children’s Choir, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, Studio5 Performing Arts Center, The Musical Offering, and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.