OnyxFest 2020: "On The Corner" by Michael Florence
“On The Corner” by Michael Florence offers pensive reflections of three death row inmates with contrasting perspectives on their journey.
DIRECTED BY: Edric Mitchell
PERFORMED BY: LKJ Dennis, Matias Gonzalez, and Deont’a Starks
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