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The Evanston 2nd Act Players is partnering with Black Playwright Idris Goodwin this summer to stream Black Flag, one of five short plays in Goodwin’s Open Source Scripts for an Antiracist Tomorrow.
A special streaming presentation of the film will take place July 1at 7 p.m., as part of the 2nd Act Players involvement with the Evanston Performing Arts Collective, as well as on EPAC’s YouTube channel. Encore presentations will be streamed at 7 p.m. July 14 and July 15. Admission is free but donations are strongly encouraged. Approximately 80% of all donations will be given to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, at the playwright’s request.
“Each of these short works, written to be read across the multi-generational spectrum, offer different insights about disconnects in racial conversation and the Black experience in America,” Mr. Goodwin writes about his open source scripts.
To reserve a viewing spot for the show, go to the Evanston 2nd Act Players website, http://evanston2ndactplayers.com
About Black Flag
Black Flag finds two new college dorm-mates excited to start their freshman year together, until one decides to decorate their room with a little piece of her “Southern pride.”
“We were gripped by the power of Mr. Goodwin’s work when we saw it online in 2020,” says 2nd Act Players Co-founder John N. Frank. “We knew we wanted to show it via our online theater efforts in 2021.”
About the 2nd Act Players
The 2nd Act Players in 2020 resolved to open its stages, both real and virtual, to actors and playwrights of color to present their stories.
In 2020, the 2nd Act Players worked with Chicago Black Playwright Andre Richardson Hogan II to produce two of his short plays, “Raisin Puffs,” which deals with a Black man beaten by the police, and “Line of Duties,” which looks at a family mourning the loss of one of its own to COVID-19.
About Idris Goodwin
Mr. Goodwin “has forged an impactful career as a multiple award-winning playwright, breakbeat poet, director, educator, and organizer,” his bio explains.
“Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Idris is the director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, the first Black man to hold the position in its 100-year history.
“Prior to this, Mr. Goodwin served two seasons as producing artistic director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association.” To read more about Mr. Goodwin, go to his site: http://www.idrisgoodwin.com