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Virtual Performance

OnyxFest 2020: "Being Black" by Vernon A. Williams

February 1 - 28, 2021

“Being Black” by Vernon A. Williams a collection of vignetts that create a soulful sojourn into myriad layers of the Black experience.

DIRECTED BY: Tijideen Rowley
PERFORMED BY: Lark Hodges, Isaiah N.B. Moore, Latrice Young, Leonard Harris, Ricky Cortez, Monica Cantrell, Deserae Kay, Tommy Gray

OnyxFest 2020 was a tale of endurance – much like this year. When the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.) partnered with IndyFringe to sponsor the event, no one imagined the challenges. For starters, the word ‘coronavirus’ wasn’t even in our vernacular. Like the world, we were forced into a standing pattern. In the interim, an unbelievable mix of playwrights, directors and actors built enthusiasm, pooled creativity and demonstrated exemplary professionalism over five months of virtual rehearsals. Their commitment embodied the faith of ARTI, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Incubator, and a tandem of “angel” supporters such as the Margot L. Eccles Art and Culture Fund, the Central Indiana Community Fund (CICF), WFYI, Morgan Stanley, Barnes and Thornburg and the Butler Arts and Events Center, with the Jordan College of Arts, responsible for streaming this year’s event on the Clowes Hall website. Indeed, every collaborator with OnyxFest 2020 is a star! – Vernon Williams, Director, OnyxFest 2020, IUPUI Communication and Community Engagement

Click here to download the OnyxFest 2020 program!

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