Oral History Corps Benefit Performance

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Please join the National Public Housing Museum on March 20th at 7:30 PM at the Court Theater for Ntozake Shange's cherished work for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Tickets to this event were graciously donated by the Court Theatre.

The Archive is a collection of diverse and compelling stories of people who lived in public housing spanning from the 1940’s to the current moment. The collection includes intimate narratives that bear witness to an American history that is both brilliantly ambitious and deeply troubled. The Archive documents the histories of those not typically included in the mainstream record, and inspires listeners to discover opportunities, where many others might see only poverty and despair.  

The Oral History Corps is made up of an extraordinarily diverse group of individuals that the National Public Housing Museum has trained in recording, ethics, and interviewing skills. The Corps includes members who lived in public housing, as well as those who are committed in their work and lives to public housing.

The Play:  A sisterhood of eight women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.

Director Seret Scott (Native Son) returns to playwright Ntozake Shange’s work after performaning as a member of the original Broadway cast from 1976-1978. She will inspire new audiences with this series of stories that still resonate profoundly forty years later.

You can purchase your ticket here.

Court Theatre is located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park Campus. The theatre is across the street from the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center, just south of the parking garage. Please print copies of your ticket or present the receipt on your phone upon arrival to the theatre.

The #55 Garfield bus stops on 55th Street at S. Ellis Avenue. From the Loop, patrons can transfer from the Garfield Red Line train or the #6 Jackson Park Express. For more public transportation options, please visit TransitChicago.com.

Court Theatre offers free evening and weekend parking to its patrons in the garage at 55th Street and S. Ellis Avenue. Enter the garage from S. Ellis Avenue or S. Greenwood Avenue, and take a ticket from the machine upon entrance. For 30 minutes following the performance, the S. Ellis Avenue gate will automatically raise when your car approaches for a free and easy exit. It is not necessary to insert your ticket upon exisiting at the gate. If you stay for a post-show discussion, please as the House Manager for a validation ticket. There is accessible parking available in the garage.