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History of Theatre:
About, By, For, and Near

ACT’s 47th World Premiere!
January 28 – February 12, 2023, the Falls Theatre at ACT
Produced in partnership with The Hansberry Project
Written by Reginald André Jackson
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

Runs approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermission

Travel back in time – 200 years, to be precise – with your host, Sister Blacknall, and meet the Black theatre artists of America’s history, who have returned to ensure that this time, they will be remembered. Reginald André Jackson’s wildly original play challenges the stories we’ve been told about who makes theatre and who it is for; creating a spellbinding evening that is both illuminating and inspiring. History Of Theatre: About, By, For, and Near takes audiences on a journey from 1820 to the mid-1930s, through the lens of a contemporary artist making their way in our very own Seattle theatre scene. Witness the forgotten impact of The Rabbit’s Foot founder Pat Chapelle, who created the first all-Black touring vaudeville troupe in 1900, the boundary-breaking actors Ira Aldridge and Rose McClendon, as well as members of Seattle’s own Negro Repertory Company.

One of The Seattle Times’ most anticipated shows of 2023!

Read more about History of Theatre: About, By, For, and Near and playwright Reginald André Jackson in Grace Gorenflo’s profile for The Seattle Times here.

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