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“Drums of Sweetwater” Opens November 9th!

October 13th, 2017 by speech

Get your tickets here: https://epay.jsums.edu/C20107_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=310

The Drums of Sweetwater is a drama/seriocomic play set in 1968, when an African- American female psychiatrist moves from New York to a small segregated town in Sweetwater, TX. She is hired to examine three African-American male patients and their struggles with mental, spiritual, and emotional challenges.

Their acceptance in society has been stripped from them due to their communities’ lack of understanding. During treatment, amidst the highs and lows, the patients discover truths and hidden secrets about themselves, finding that they are all bound together by some form of ancestral power.

The Drums of Sweetwater highlights the deep spiritual connection with one’s place in the world, and acknowledges how labeling and misjudgment can affect a person’s present state and future reality.

This play occasionally includes heavy language and it is recommended that children of a certain age be accompanied by an adult.

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JSU’s new President, William Bynum, Jr., is seen here with Director Yolanda Willams, Stage Manager Avery Evans and the cast of StickFly.

“It’s quite an entertaining play” says Coordinator of Theatre Studies and Costume/Prop Designer, Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith. “The play addresses real present-day issues dealt with in a family in regards to racism and classism. The playwright, Lydia R. Diamond, navigated through those issues and found a way to allow us to laugh at ourselves as well. Audiences will leave in deep conversation and a light step.”

This is the Department’s first production as the newly merged Department of Art & Theatre. Please come on out and support us. The show starts at 7pm.

One JSU.

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Professor Yohance Myles was an award presenter at the 2017 Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta this past weekend. He also appears in the film “Created Equal”, directed by Bill Duke, which won the Best Feature award at the festival.

“Created Equal” Synopsis:
Desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church, Alejandra Batista turns to Thomas Reilly, a successful lawyer who files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause. As the trial unfolds, an extremist concocts a plot to stop the heresy against the church by attacking Alejandra and threatening to kill her if she doesn’t back off. The films stars Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganem, Lou Diamond Phillips, Greg Alan Williams and Yohance Myles.

Founded in 2009, the Bronze Lens Theatre Festival (http://www.bronzelens.com)has a two-fold mission: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.

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“Stick Fly” Opens Thursday, Sep. 28th!

September 25th, 2017 by speech

The Department of Art & Theatre at Jackson State University invites you to see Stick Fly, written by celebrated playwright Lydia Diamond and directed by Yolanda Williams.

To purchase tickets drop by our box office in the lobby of the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium on the JSU campus, Prentiss/Lynch Street, or buy your tickets online. Www.jsums.edu/art. Click on Theatre, then click on Box Office to buy tickets. Come join us for a memorable performance.

SYNOPSIS:
When the LeVay family opens its house for a weekend visit, the family ends up airing more than the drapes. The LeVay brothers have invited the women in their lives to meet their parents at their luxurious Martha’s Vineyard sum-mer home. Younger brother Kent, who has struggled to find direction in his life, and has issues getting along with his father, brings his fiancée Taylor, who studies insects for her vocation. Taylor was raised in a lower-middle-class household by a single mother. Unaccustomed to privilege, she is uncomfortable in the LeVays’ home, especially with Cheryl, who is filling in for her mother as the LeVays’ maid.

Eldest brother Flip, a successful plastic surgeon and womanizer, brings his new girlfriend, Kimber, who is privileged, white and has spent her life appalled by her status. Tensions flair as race, class and family become prime conversation topics. When a phone call reveals a family secret, everything unravels. By the end of the weekend, lives have been turned upside-down and a family is left to reassemble the pieces.

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Professor Yolanda Williams will be honored as "Professor of the Game" at this weekend's Soccer Match on Sunday, August 27th at 2pm. The ceremony will take place at halftime.

Congratulations, Professor Williams!

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Professor Yolanda Williams presented a workshop, "Navigating Life as a Theatre Artist" on April 8th at the 2017 Crossroads Film Festival.

Click here for more details.

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Professor Myles has been cast in the FOX series "Shots Fired" – the story of a racially-charged police shooting.

For more details, read the original story from the JSU Newsroom at the following link: http://www.jsumsnews.com/?p=29492

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Professor Yohance Miles stars in The Best of Enemies, which opens tonight at New Stage Theatre. Congratulations, Mr. Myles!

Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice but also demonstrates what’s possible when we recognize the humanity in each other, forgive the past, and work together to change the future. Steep political ramifications, hypocritical thinking, and unexpected personal battles round out this deeply moving civil rights drama. Is it possible for sworn enemies to find common ground in solving the world’s problems?

New Stage Theatre’s Artistic Director Francine Thomas Reynolds said: “The premise of the play sounds implausible: Ku Klux Klan leader and black Civil Rights activist are forced to work together. That they become friends seems like a miracle, and if it were fiction no one would believe it. But the plot of Mark St. Germain’s play, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson, is taken from real life. These were two very real people and their story is full of emotion and high ideals worth celebrating. The play is both entertaining and illuminating and there are lessons in the enduring friendship of Atwater and Ellis which can be of benefit to all of us."

For more information, or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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