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The National Black Church Initiative supports the Let the People Vote Rallies in New York State

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Will vote against any lawmaker who supports same sex marriage bill


“Those Who Voted For the Bill – You Are Finished”



The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans is committed to protecting and sustaining the biblical definition of marriage. If elected officials move forward with this legislation, Black Christians and pastors vow to exercise their constitutional right and mobilize their congregations to vote against any law maker who will support the same sex marriage bill. NBCI will proudly support the Let the People Vote rallies on July 24th to demonstrate our commitment to the Gospel and the biblical definition of marriage between and man and a woman.


Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI, says “I proudly stand with those of the National Organization for Marriage and the hundreds god-loving organizations across New York State to declare to the world that the recent passage of the same sex marriage bill was not only unjust, but unholy. What Governor Cuomo and the state Assembly did was to unleash the full power of the black church against them. I want to remind them that it will not be business as usual moving forward. The Democrats will need the Black Church to win, and because they abandoned us, we plan to abandon them.”


Democrats need to be prepared to lose a heavy voter base in 2012 if they support the same sex marriage bill over the objections of the Black Church. We hope they recognize the concerns of their constituents and think before they press forward on a bill that is so strongly opposed by a wealth of their voters. The National Black Church Initiative has over 2700 member churches in New York State, and we plan to educate our churches and congregants on the voting records of every Democrat and Republican Senator who support the same sex marriage bill. Voter education will become a primary focus of NBCI moving forward if this legislation continues to pose a threat to the Black faith community.


NBCI invites all God-loving Christians to join us on the 24th in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and Manhattan to demonstrate their support for the Gospel and for biblical marriage. The following locations will be rallying for God’s will on the 24th at 3pm:



 Let the People Vote Rallies:    




West Capitol Park, South Swan St. and State St.  



633 3rd Ave


Liberty Poll
East Avenue and East Main Street


Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square Number 201


For more information, we encourage you to visit www.letthepeoplevote.com.



About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.  Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.




Illinois State Board of Education to help fund more than 900 preschool programs

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State Board of Education to help fund more than 900 preschool programs 


State awards $269.7 million to serve 77,500 children across the state


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it has awarded $269.7 million in preschool grants to help fund about 936 programs serving 3- to 5-year-olds across the state in Fiscal Year 2012. The state funds, part of the Early Childhood Block Grant, will help prepare about 77,500 children for kindergarten and beyond.

“A good early childhood program gives children, especially those from low income families, a better chance to succeed in the classroom and in life,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We know that young children are eager to learn and these funds will go a long way toward developing their innate love for learning.”

Chicago Public Schools receives 37 percent of the Early Childhood Block Grant and determines which district schools and local agencies to approve for funding. This year, CPS approved 478 schools or agency centers to serve about 24,500 children.

Members of the ISBE staff and outside experts reviewed and scored 554 proposals from agencies and districts outside Chicago and approved 458 for funding in FY 2012.  Reviewers took into consideration each program’s performance on previous grants and student demographics. In addition to considering programs of high quality, priority was given to those sites that serve a largely low-income population as well as those that serve a high percentage of Hispanic and African American children.

“Research shows that investment in our youngest learners is paying off by giving them a solid educational foundation, which they do carry forward,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “As we are challenged financially, we have to ensure that our investment in early childhood learning is targeted appropriately, focusing on children who need this extra preparation.”

Preschool grants have previously been awarded through a re-application process but for the first time in more than 20 years, the ISBE requested competitive bids for all programs in Fiscal Year 2012 to ensure that declining state resources serve the children most at risk of academic failure. Such at-risk children can include English Language Learners and children from low income families. The Early Childhood Block Grant has seen a decline in state funds of about $23 million since Fiscal Year 2008.

In addition to the preschool programs, funds from the Early Childhood Block Grant go toward services for the families of newborns to 3-year-olds.

The following districts have been awarded funds under the state’s Early Childhood Block grant for preschool programs in 2012: http://www.isbe.net/news/2011/pdf/12_PFA_3-5_RFP_Recommendations.pdf


New African American Civil War Museum opens; Ribbon cutting and Dedication Ceremony held

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Washington, DC – “With much generous support from the Mayor and Council of the District of Columbia and hard work by our staff and volunteers, it is finally finished, a great new 5,000 sq. ft. African American Civil War Museum at 1925 Vermont Avenue, N.W.” said Dr. Frank Smith, Founder/Director.  2011 ushered in the beginning of a four-year celebration as America remembers the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. The 3-Day Celebration theme is “Civil War to Civil Rights, Pathway to Racial Healing.”


For more than ten years, the African American Civil War Monument and Museum has stood as a testament to the struggle of African Americans and others to rid this nation of the scourge of slavery and racial bias. There is no doubt, America is a much better place for all having shed itself of slavery and a Jim Crow past, now comes closer to living out the meaning of the words ‘One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All’.


Yesterday, July 18, 2011 at 12 noon, the Grand Opening of the ‘great, new and permanent site of the African American Civil War Museum, joined the ranks of educational, historically accurate and interactive museums, with $5 million in exhibitions, touch screens and the best curator in town! The New location at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW is directly across from the African American Civil War Memorial, which highlights the story of the 209,145 African American Soldiers who served during the American Civil War.


The Board of Directors and Staff of the AACWM invited all to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the New Museum, held Monday, July 18, 2011, beginning with a VIP reception at 12:00 noon.  The Opening Ceremony and Awards Program was scheduled to begin at 1pm.  


Mayor Vincent Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Norton and other elected officials and dignitaries were invited to attend.  Other events included a Saturday (July 16, 2011) Racial Reconciliation, Teachers and Scholars Conference; and Sunday (July 17, 2011), a Civil War to Civil Rights Film Festival.  All events were held at the new location listed above, which includes the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new site.  All Access Passes were sold for $200.00/per person for attendance on all three days.  Proceeds will benefit the museum programs.


Former Ward One Councilman, Honorable Frank Smith is the founder of the project.  July 18, 1998, is a significant date; when the African American Civil War Memorial, Spirit of Freedom was unveiled, now a national monument, located directly across the street from the new museum. Thus, July 18, 2011, the date of the new museum opening has been planned to directly connect the museum to the July 18, 1863 battle, as seen in the movie “Glory” starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington.  You see the heroic assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, with this historically documented battle of the US Colored Troops. 


Over the next four years, America will celebrate from 2011 – 2015 which reflects the Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary of the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).  Dr. Smith said, “We always want to plan our celebrations around significant dates when the US Colored Troops made history!”


The new location also contains a media center and a research area for descendents and scholars.  The African American Civil War Monument and the new museum site has added greatly to the master narrative about Civil War slavery and justice by injecting primary information on the heroic

role of blacks in helping Lincoln to win the war to keep America united under one flag.


Between 2011 and 2015, the African American Civil War Memorial Museum is putting together a series of programs on the American Civil War from the start of the war;  emancipation; to the end of the war; and post war situations of the newly freed slaves. The next four years present a great opportunity for the nation to make great strides in the discussion about race and equality and it is for this reason that we have adopted the theme:   “Civil War to Civil Rights, Pathway to Racial Healing.”


1925 Vermont Avenue, NW  Washington, D.C.  20001  202/667-2667  202/667-6771 (fax) www.afroamcivilwar.org


Christopher Dean Education Foundation holds “Releasing The Butterfly” summer superlearning camp at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Ken Brown, J.D., M.P.A., Ph.D, (left) executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Memphis, Tenn., welcomes Christopher Dean (right) to campus. In May, Dean wowed a global audience with his wit and warmth while introducing President Barack Obama at the Booker T. Washington (BTW) commencement. UTHSC volunteered to host Dean and 20 other BTW college-bound graduates for the six-week Christopher Dean Education Foundation “Releasing the Butterfly” Summer SuperLearning Camp. Located in downtown’s Memphis Medical Center, UTHSC is donating supplies, space, lunches and printing services to the campers and facilitators.


Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Christopher Dean is known to millions as the affable young man who helped his high school win the White House Race to the Top competition. That win earned the school the appearance of President Barack Obama as the commencement speaker at Booker T. Washington (BTW) High School in May. Dean’s introduction of the Commander in Chief — a deft blend of humor, youthful exuberance and sobering personal reflection – catapulted him onto the world stage and opened a bevy of opportunities.

Now, the Christopher Dean Education Foundation has established a special initiative designed to help him and 20 of his college-bound peers from BTW prepare themselves for academic success. The “Releasing the Butterfly” Summer SuperLearning Camp is designed as an intensive six-week college-preparatory series. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), located in downtown’s Memphis Medical Center, volunteered to host the camp, donating supplies, space, lunches and printing services.

“When we learned about Christopher’s foundation and his desire to better prepare for the challenges of a college career, we immediately contacted him to offer our support,” said Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, executive vice chancellor and chief of operations at UTHSC. “Our university community is committed to providing Christopher and the other camp participants with moral as well as material support. These young men and women have much to offer our community. We want to help them realize their full potential,” he added.

Five facilitators and staff members from Intu Education, an academic enhancement system, will gather from July 11 through August 19 on the UTHSC campus to facilitate and guide the young adults. Dean will serve as a student coordinator as well as a participant in the camp. The focus of the coursework will include:

* Improvement and mastery of reading, writing and language skills;
* Increased performance in logic and critical thinking through emphasis on arithmetic and mathematics; and
* Empowering participants to make choices and value judgments that contribute to improved social skills.

During the Summer SuperLearning Camp students will meet five days each week from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program’s morning hours will be used to conduct academic instruction. Afternoons will be spent reviewing plans and confirming details for attending college, learning about health science careers, as well as participating in media-based team-building activities that encourage group interaction and communication. Participants will also engage in Friday field trip activities with younger students. For more information about the summer camp, visit www.intued.com.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. In 2011, UT Health Science Center celebrates its centennial: 100 years advancing the future of health care. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UTHSC campus in Knoxville includes a College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and an Allied Health Sciences unit. In addition, the UTHSC Chattanooga campus includes a College of Medicine and an Allied Health Sciences unit. Since its founding in 1911, UTHSC has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care professionals on campuses and in health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

National Banker’s Association spearheads “The People’s Economic Movement” promotional campaign

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The National Bankers Association (N.B.A.) is teaming with a popular, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host, Warren Ballentine, to spearhead a national campaign to get minorities and other consumers in the urban areas to bank with minority banks.


A press conference to kick-off the campaign was held Friday, July 15th at the National Banker’s Association’s  headquarters at 1513 P St., NW, Washington, D.C.


The promotional campaign, called “The People’s Economic Movement,” is being orchestrated to coincide with the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial statute in Washington, D.C. August 28, 2011.


According to Michael Grant, president of the NBA, “This self-help, empowerment movement is designed to stimulate much-needed economic development at our nation’s urban core.  By depositing their money in minority banks, getting mortgages, small business loans or loans for college tuition from banks in their communities, consumers begin a process of harnessing the economic strength of the masses in a way that creates direct benefits to their communities which are still suffering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”


Asked why the campaign is being called: “The People’s Economic Movement,” Radio One talk show host Warren Ballentine explained: “This recession has created not a moment in time but a movement in time.  Community economic development will only come with an intelligent and targeted approach to managing money.  By investing their money in the minority banks in their own communities, consumers will begin to see how to make capitalism work in their favor.”


The National Bankers Association is a consortium of African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and Native-American owned banks.  The association’s member banks operate branches in 29 cities located across America.  In the aggregate, these banks have over $15 billion in assets and serve over 3 million depositors.


As an example of how little support minority banks are receiving from their potential customer base, economists have estimated that while the African-American community has over one trillion dollars in disposable income a year, it has been estimated that African-American owned banks manage less than 5% of the wealth in the communities that they serve.


“The People’s Economic Movement” will include NBA banks from all over America – especially in urban communities.


Organizational leaders and celebrities who are supporting “the People’s Economic Movement” are as follows:


Reverend Al Sharpton                                   

Boris Kodjoe                                                             

Roger Campos                                               

CeCe Winans                                                 

Reverend Frank Reid of Baltimore   

Reverend Rudy Rasmus of Houston             

Reverend Buster Soaries of Newark 

Marc Morial

Hilary Shelton



Berwyn rises to the top with launch of 2011 Marketing Campaign

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Berwyn, IL  – The City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) announce the launch of the City of Berwyn’s 2011 Integrated Marketing Campaign.

“The Why Berwyn campaign has been a huge success for our city. Whenever I meet a new resident that saw our billboards or ads and then moved here, I know that our efforts have made a positive difference and that we’ve added equity into an already great community. Berwyn is decked in accomplishments due in no small part to the energy and vision of our residents. In fact, Berwyn just was named by This Old House magazine as one of the nation’s best neighborhoods for bungalows and to protect this title, our grassroots volunteer-based “City of Homes” Organization just launched its Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative to assist homeowners with restoration and maintenance of our beloved bungalows,” said Mayor Robert Lovero. “And our amenities are outstanding. Berwyn has over 23 parks and 500 activities that cater to every walk of life from little league baseball to swimming and splash pools to zumba classes. We have four great shopping corridors that continue to grow with developments such as the future Meijer and Buffalo Wild Wings that will be going in at Cermak and Harlem down to independent boutique eateries such as Autre Monde Café & Spirits on Roosevelt Road and Olive or Twist Restaurant and Martini Bar in the Depot District. We tell people that we are accessible by train or car and that they should visit us to see what we’re about, but once they visit I expect they wonder why they are leaving.”

Paul Zimmermann, President of the BDC, added, “We used to say that Berwyn was a hidden gem, nestled just west of Chicago’s South Loop, but we’ve elevated our game and people have taken notice. Berwyn no longer fits into that Svengoolie-fueled image, which is why we are able to attract young professionals and entrepreneurs. Our strength is in the diversity of our residents and businesses and the collective will to move forward together. I’m so impressed by all that we’ve accomplished and the development that we’ve experienced. I also love that Berwyn is such a welcoming, comfortable community even in the midst of change and growth. It’s the place to be, whether you call it home, do business here, or visit us for nightlife.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2011 campaign will continue to brand Berwyn as a top-choice destination for move-up and first-time homebuyers. The 2011 campaign runs from June through September and includes billboards in select Chicago neighborhoods, posters on select CTA el platforms, direct-to-consumer outreach through special events and direct mailings, radio advertising, and updates to the WHYBERWYN.com website. The billboards and platform posters will rotate in high traffic areas that capture views from pedestrians, drivers and transit riders. Online advertising will blend the Berwyn brand with promotion of special events and current accolades for the area’s housing stock in order to promote tourism and homeownership in Berwyn.

True to its beginnings, the campaign continues to use a bull’s eye graphic to illustrate Berwyn’s geographical convenience. This key visual component has helped raise the community’s visibility and established a brand presence for Berwyn among consumers and business professionals living throughout the Chicago area. At the conclusion of the 2010 campaign, research found that Berwyn’s marketing efforts resulted in overall positive perceptions about Berwyn’s convenient location, its good dollar value, the quality of its homes, and its attractiveness as a destination and a place to live.

This year, the campaign has repurposed its bull’s eye graphic into a rising sun and paired it with the tagline Berwyn Rising.  The message is an aspirational one, which highlights Berwyn’s forward momentum and optimism while reminding the viewer of the opportunity and potential in making Berwyn home.

The WhyBerwyn.com website provides visitors with a stream of information on the area’s real estate, retailers and service providers, schools, parks and recreation, cultural hot spots and special events. Whatever the angle, visitors are certain to find an answer to the question, “Why Berwyn?” The site includes a comprehensive calendar of events that details the City’s many festivals and recreational opportunities as well as a full local business listing to promote the business base and offer convenient access to Berwyn’s hottest places to shop, dine and relax. For those who are not yet ready to “buy,” the site offers a diverse mix of options for consumers to “try” Berwyn and see all that Berwyn has to offer.

Additional information on the City of Berwyn’s Integrated Marketing Campaign can be obtained through the Berwyn Development Corporation at (708) 788-8100 and at www.whyberwyn.com. To view the billboard artwork, please visit http://www.berwyn.net/integrated-marketing-campaign. This campaign can also be followed at facebook.com/WhyBerwyn and twitter.com/whyberwyn.

The BERWYN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (BDC) is a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides economic development and Chamber of Commerce services to all segments of the Berwyn community. The BDC is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves over 300 business and individual members. The BDC focuses its efforts on those activities that will improve the overall climate for local businesses and residents, in addition to encouraging the development of new commercial venues and employment opportunities. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and events that promote Berwyn businesses and the community.

Tavis Smiley brings youth together for Leadership Institute

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Speakers Include Rapper Lupe Fiasco, Cornel West, Actress Camille Winbush


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Tavis Smiley, Lupe Fiasco, Cornel West, actress Camille Winbush and leaders of the Freedom Rides will discuss leadership, advocacy, civic engagement and community service with middle and high school students at the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute this week.

Under the theme, Transforming Youth: Mind, Body & Spirit, the conference will be held July 21-25, 2011 on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. About 160 students, ages 13-18, representing 16 states have been selected to participate in the program held annually for the last eight years. Combined the students have completed more than 3,000 hours of community service this year.

The purpose of the Leadership Institute is to train young people for leadership and service through action-oriented workshops, plenary sessions, interactive activities and a community service project. The sessions will focus on topics the student delegates surveyed have said are important to young people: planning and paying for college, money management, youth unemployment, peer pressure, school systems, and the economy.

“The immense challenges young people face today can often derail or delay their success. But through this program we hope to give them the tools and motivation to confront those challenges head on and nurture that leader that is developing,” Smiley said.

The program includes a teen town hall meeting moderated by Smiley focusing on a variety of teen health and wellness issues, including healthy eating, exercise and stress management.

Fiasco will discuss his music, social consciousness and his life as both an artist and entrepreneur with West. Winbush, currently starring in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, will talk about how she became an award-winning actress for her role as Vanessa on The Bernie Mac Show and simultaneously operated a successful ice cream business.

The conference will feature a history lesson as well with the screening followed by a discussion of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Freedom Riders. The movie tells the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South. The Rev. James Lawson, retired pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, and Ralph Fertig, a professor at the University of Southern California, both considered among the architects of the freedom rides movement, will speak. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the freedom rides.

The Leadership Institute will be managed by the 12 members of the foundation’s National Youth Advisory Council. They include Amber Murray, Camille Fonseca and E.J. Fortenberry of Los Angeles; Samiaya Hoyle and Lamar Howard, Long Beach, CA; Kaya Savannah, Houston, TX; McKenzie Conner, Towson, MD; George Kilpatrick, Dewitt, NY; Ronald Taylor, Hempstead, NY; Sadiyah Sabree, Philadelphia, PA; Anthony Perry, Louisville, KY and Maxine Dior Chapman, Indianapolis, IN.

Key video sessions of the Leadership Institute will be posted on the Foundation’s website at www.youthtoleaders.org beginning with the teen town hall meeting on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm PST. You can follow the conference on Twitter #leadlovesaveserve @YouthtoLeaders and Facebook.

About the Tavis Smiley Foundation
The Tavis Smiley Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tavis Smiley to enlighten, encourage, and empower youth by providing leadership skills that will promote and enhance the quality of life for their lives, their community and the world. Since its inception, more than 6,500 youth have participated in the foundation’s leadership workshops and conferences. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships. For more information, visit www.youthtoleaders.org.

Tony Award-Winners Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy star in The Iceman Cometh

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Robert Falls directs Eugene O’Neill’s Towering Masterpiece, April 22 – June 10, 2012


(Chicago, IL) –  Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls announced today that he will direct The Iceman Cometh,Eugene O’Neill’s epic portrait of hope and disillusionment, running April 22 – June 10, 2012 in the Albert Theatre. Falls’ major revival features Tony Award-winning stage and screen stars Nathan Lane as hardware salesman and pipe dream buster Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, and Brian Dennehy as one-time syndicalist-anarchist Larry Slade. Hailed by The New

York Times as a “ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power,” The Iceman Cometh marked Falls’ and Dennehy’s first O’Neill collaboration at the Goodman in 1990—a production which featured Dennehy in the role of Hickey. Tickets to The Iceman Cometh are available now by subscription only; five-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $105; eight-play Albert and Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $168. Call 312.443.3800 or visit ExploreTheGoodman.org. One Owen Theatre selection in the upcoming 2011/2012 season is still to be announced.

“I am thrilled to create a new production of O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh—the greatest play by my favorite American playwright, Shakespearean in size, scope and challenge for its ensemble—led by two brilliant actors,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “Nathan Lane has long expressed his passion for the work of Eugene O’Neill, and more specifically, the challenging leading role of Hickey. My longtime collaborator Brian Dennehy, who triumphed in the same role in 1990 at the

old Goodman Theatre, will now assume the role of Larry Slade. It has been a dream of mine to return to this epic drama, and it is a thrill to collaborate with Nathan and Brian.”

In The Iceman Cometh, Harry Hope’s saloon is home to a ragtag band of drunks and dreamers who celebrate the arrival of Hickey, the charismatic traveling salesman whose raucous presence always ensures a grand good time. But when a newly sober Hickey blows in with a renewed outlook on life, his zealous attempts to fix the lives of his old friends leads to a series of events that are at once devastatingly comic and heartbreaking—and a revelation that threatens to shatter the tenuous illusions that fuel their lives. O’Neill’s monumental drama is “as corrosive as rotgut whiskey, as morbidly funny as a funeral gone amok, and as hallucinatory as an alcohol-fueled excursion into purgatory” (Chicago Sun-Times).

 Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Nathan Lane recently starred in the Broadway’s musical The Addams Family at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He will next be seen in the Tarsem Singh-directed The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, alongside Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer (set for release in 2012). His numerous stage credits include the critically acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot at Studio 54; the Broadway production of David Mamet’s hit comedy November; the blockbuster Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple; and his wildly acclaimed portrayal of Max Bialystock in The Producers on Broadway, which earned Lane the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Films include Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage, The Producers and the voice of Timon in The Lion King.

Brian Dennehy returns to the Goodman, where his credits include Hughie/Krapp’s Last Tape (2010); Desire Under the Elms (2009, also on Broadway), Hughie (2004), Long Day’s Journey into Night (2002), Death of a Salesman (1998), A Touch of the Poet (1996), The Iceman Cometh (1990, also at Abbey Theatre, Dublin) and Galileo (1986). Broadway credits include Inherit the Wind (2007), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony Award for Best Actor, 2003), Death of a Salesman (Tony Award for Best Actor) and Translations (1995). Film credits include The Next Three Days; Alleged, Ratatouille; The Warden; Virtuoso; Tommy Boy; Presumed Innocent; F/X 2; Gladiator; The Belly of an Architect; F/X and Cocoon, among many others.

Eugene O’Neill (1888 – 1953) is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest American playwrights, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes in Drama and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Works produced by the Goodman include Hughie (2010 and 2004); A 2009 International Exploration of O’Neill in the 21st Century, including: Desire Under the Elms, The Emperor Jones (The Wooster Group, New York), The Hairy Ape (The Hypocrites, Chicago) and Rouw Siert Electra (Mourning Becomes Electra, performed in Dutch by Toneelgoep Amsterdam) and Strange Interlude (The Neo-Futurists, Chicago); Long Day’s Journey into Night (2002); A Moon for the Misbegotten (2000); A Touch of the Poet (1996); and The Iceman Cometh (1990).

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