by Nathan Louis Jackson
ITC HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH "BROKE-OLOGY"
The Illinois Theatre Center of Park Forest will honor Black History
Month with an exciting new play by an emerging young African-American
playwright. Nathan Louis
Jackson's BROKE-OLOGY opens Friday, January 27 for a three-week run.
The play is the story of William King, who lives in a run-down
neighborhood in Kansas City. His older son, Ennis, works in a barbecue
joint and has a girlfriend with a baby on the way. The younger son,
Malcolm, has just returned home after graduating from the University of
Connecticut. The two brothers have to deal with caring for their father,
who is in the early stages of multiple sclerosis.
Throughout the play, William communicates with the spirit of his
wife Sonia, who died giving birth to Malcolm.
Nathan Louis Jackson was a student in Julliard's graduate playwriting
program when BROKE-OLOGY, his first play, was produced at the
prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2008.
A year later it opened Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center.
His newest play, WHEN I GO TO DIE, opened Off-Broadway earlier
this year. Mr. Jackson is a
native of Kansas City, Kansas, where BROKE-OLOGY is set, and many of the
characters and events in the play are based on his real life
Razz Jenkins, who returns to ITC after a 28 year absence, plays the
father, William. Vallea E.
Woodbury, who appeared in CRUMBS FROP THE TABLE OF JOY two years ago, is
Sonia, his wife. Portraying
the sons are two actors making their ITC debuts, Jonah B. Taylor as
Ennis and Marlon Washington as Malcolm, The production is directed by
BROKE-OLOGY runs from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, February 12.
Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, and
Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM.
Tickets are priced at $22 on Fri. & Sat., $20 all other times.
The Illinois Theatre Center is located in Downtown Park Forest at
371 Artists' Walk (off Indianwood Blvd., adjacent to Village Hall).
For tickets, call (708) 481-3510.
January 27 to February 12, 2012