FOURTH PEACEBOOK FESTIVAL
AUGUST 15-17 AT KENNEDY-KING COLLEGE
**Following opening weekend, Collaboraction
will tour the three programs to three different Chicago Parks
Chicago theater artists and activists debuting new short works about peace at Collaboraction’s fourth annual Peacebook Festival including (top row, from left, LaFollette Park program) Lawrence Mead, May Treuhaft-Ali and Ahmed Al-Hassan, (row 2, Douglas Park program) Willie Round, G. Riley Mills and Kasey Foster, (row 3, Hamilton Park program) Nambi E. Kelley, Antwon Funches and Sir Taylor.
Collaboraction Theatre Company will
launch its 2019-20 mainstage season at its new south side performance home, Kennedy-King College in Englewood, with its fourth annual Peacebook Festival, Thursday through Saturday, August 15-17.
Peacebook is Collaboraction’s annual collection of 21 world premiere short performances about peace and peacemaking in Chicago. This year’s Peacebook “chapters” are newly created by a diverse list of emerging and established Chicago artists and activists,
including Bril Barrett, J. Nicole Brooks, Nambi E. Kelley and Sir Taylor.
Their varied pieces of short theater, dance, music and spoken word, each 7 minutes or less, are divided into 3 programs of 7 works each. The programs will premiere at Kennedy-King College’s state-of-the-art, 292 seat main-stage theater in Englewood on consecutive nights: Friday, August 16 at 7 pm. (Douglas Park program); and Saturday, August 17 at 7 pm. (Hamilton Park program).
Each performance is followed by a “Crucial Conversation” moderated by Collaboraction Managing Director, Dr. Marcus Robinson, to give audiences a chance to share insight and wisdom spurred by the performance, to cultivate knowledge and empathy, and inspire a personal desire to take action and make a difference in Chicago’s Peace Movement.
In addition, on Saturday, August 17, from Noon to 6 p.m., Collaboraction invites the community to Kennedy-King College to participate in free interactive theater workshops, panel discussions about increasing the peace in Chicago and a free community meal.
Kennedy-King College Theater is located at 740 W. 63rd St., one-half block east of Halsted Street in Chicago’s Englewood community. Tickets are free but reservations are recommended for Collaboraction’s 21-show, Peacebook Festival world premiere launch weekend. collaboraction.org/peacebook-2019 or call the Collaboraction box office, (312) 226-9633 to reserve.
**Following opening weekend, Collaboraction will tour the three programs to three different Chicago Parks as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. All park performances are FREE. Fall tour locations, dates and times:
LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie Ave., Austin
Friday, September 13 at 6 p.m., special opening performance by Loretta “Firekeeper” Hawkins Saturday, September 14, preshow workshop and free community meal at 11:30 a.m., performance at 1 p.m., opening performance TBA.
Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., North Lawndale
Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m., special opening performance by Prince Roc, Saturday, September 21, preshow workshop and free community meal at 11:30 a.m., performance at 1 p.m., opening performance TBA.
Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St., Englewood
Friday, September 27 at 6 p.m., special opening performance by Jason Robinson Saturday, September 28, preshow workshop and free community meal at 11:30 a.m., performance at 1 p.m., special opening performance by Loretta “Firekeeper” Hawkins.
The Peacebook - Douglas Park shorts collection will then tour to its namesake park, Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave. in Austin, for more free performances Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m., and Saturday, September 21, pre-show workshop and free community meal at 11:30 a.m., show at 1 p.m.