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African American Clergy announce “The Empowerment Movement”: Register one million people to vote on Easter

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The Empowerment Movement is a faith-based voting initiative                   



Baltimore, MD – A coalition of African American Clergy announced the launch of a new voting initiative entitled The Empowerment Movement. This is a faith-based voting initiative, that will bring together leaders of the faith-based community of all denominations, designed to move the African American Community forward in politics, education and economics with the use of Christian principles. Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD. has been named President of the organization. Their mission is a massive undertaking, with a goal to register one million voters on one day, Easter, April 8, 2012, making Guinness World Book history for democracy, by challenging every black church in the United States to register 20 people on that day.


There are an estimated 500,000 Black Churches in America, and over five million unregistered voters inside the black church. Recently, representatives of leading black Christian organizations held a closed door summit to strategize on a collective effort of the church preparing for the November elections. As a result, the Empowerment Movement was formed.


The Empowerment Movement, a non-partisan organization, was launched with the support of the AME Church, AME Zion, Cogic, Progressive, Bible Way Churches, Full Gospel, Gospel Music Workshop of America, CME, United Covenant Churches, Harvest Churches, Fellowship of international Word of Faith, Church of God, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP & the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to name a few. The group unanimously voted 40 year old, Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant as it’s President and CEO.


Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant: Minister of the New Millennium


Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant has broken the stereotype of yesterday’s clergyman. He is the leader of a new breed of ministers who embrace the idea of capitalizing on the ever- increasing marketplace of Internet and technological innovations to spread the gospel. With more than 8,000 members Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, and approximately 35,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, he believes that “God is not just in the church; He is also in technology.” His mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activate them politically, and strengthen them economically.”


Dr. Bryant is a pastor with a global mission, which is to Empower the World Through the Word. He has the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. denomination. This new millennium minister is now an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist; an author, motivational speaker, and TV and radio personality; but most important of all, he is a beloved and devoted father. www.facebook.com/jamalbryant / twitter.com/jamalhbryant


For more information visit:www.Empowermentmovement.org 

Community Development Practitioners from across the U.S. to convene in Chicago March 5th

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Comprehensive Community Development is improving the quality of life in neighborhoods

Symposium lifts up the lessons learned in more than 100 American cities and the practical experience of neighborhood leaders who are making a difference in the lives of families throughout the nation


CHICAGO, IL – Confronted by the persistence of inner-city poverty, despite more than two decades of real-estate based community revitalization strategies, community development practitioners have altered their strategies. While building affordable housing and investing in retail centers remain a foundation of their work, they turned their attention to ensuring that communities had good schools, plentiful parks, healthy food choices and safe streets.

After nearly a decade of practice, community development practitioners from across the U.S. will come to Chicago to share lessons learned and plot the course of future activity at “Getting It Done II.” Sponsored by The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development (ICCD), the nation’s first think tank devoted to the study of sustainable community based urban development, the 600 attendees from more than 60 communities across the nation, will weigh the value of their varied strategies, assess the current economic and political climate that forms the context for their work and plan their collective future.

While the symposium will feature the projected contours of the future from  nationally renowned commentators on urban life including  HUD Assistant Secretary Erika Poethig, syndicated columnist Clarence Page and MacArthur Foundation Vice President Julia Stasch, the majority of the conference will be devoted to ‘notes from the field.’

The assembly will begin March 5th; 11:30a.m. at which time there will be a ‘roll call’ presenting the delegations from each nationwide site and a keynote address by Erika Poethig.  The afternoon will be devoted to workshops and a plenary session led by Julia Stasch on connecting neighborhoods to regional economies. Stasch will be joined by Alan Berube, Brookings Institution; India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation; Raul Raymundo, Chicago’s Resurrection Project.

Clarence Page will set the stage for day two’s discussion of the future of community development with an overview of the current economic and political climate – the opportunities and challenges it presents. Page’s remarks will be followed by a day of panel discussions about the future of community development.

Eileen Figel, Director of ICCD, speaks to the importance of the symposium and ICCD. “As communities continue to experiment with new approaches and strategies, there is a growing body of evidence about what really works to revitalize low income communities,” says Figel. “We know that success requires deep and abiding citizen engagement and new structures of collaborative, community decision making. Sharing those lessons learned of what works – and what doesn’t  in that same spirit of engagement and collaboration – allows us to reshape the ‘industry’ and the futures of the communities in which we work.”

Figel notes that the community development field has continued to experiment with efforts to move beyond single issue, project-based strategies toward more complex, inter-connected and cross sectorial approaches to encourage community change for the benefit of American’s cities.

“As our neighborhoods continue to combat the impacts of the foreclosure crisis, unemployment and declining government resources, what we do now is more important than ever,” said Fiegel. “Getting It Done II is our largest convening of community development practitioners, and it provides both a unique and extensive opportunity for peer exchange and learning.”

About the ICCD: Established in April 2010 to advance the field of comprehensive community development and the positive impact it has in urban and rural communities across the country, ICCD has drawn upon the nation’s most extensive network of comprehensive community development practitioners to lift up what is working to promote best practices.

For a full list of speakers and sessions, and for more information about the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development and Getting It Done II, please visit http://www.instituteccd.org/index.html or call Marilyn Katz or Bryant Payne at 312-822-0505

34th District Candidate Richard Wooten wants grants and programs to bailout struggling churches

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Pastors to hold Press Conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Captain’s Hard Times Dining in Chicago


Chicago, IL – Chicago Businessman and Police Officer Richard Wooten,  a candidate for State Representative in Illinois’ 34th District and Committeeman in Chicago’s 6th Ward, said if he is elected to those offices, he will fight for programs to revitalize struggling churches.

The churches are struggling, Wooten said, because high unemployment led to a decline in church attendance and tithing, resulting in a growing number of churches going into foreclosure or severe debt.  In many churches that are able to keep their doors open, Wooten said the pastors are spending less time addressing the needs of members and residents, because they have to spend too much time making sure the electric and gas stays on. This week churches received even more bad news when Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration announced that the mayor wants churches to start paying water bills, adding to the mounting utility debts.

“If Wall Street and the automotive industry can be bailed out, why can’t we provide support to our churches?” asked Wooten, an associate pastor at Faith Walk Church International in Chicago. “The economy has had a devastating effect on our churches, which have been the backbone of our communities. When they are healthy, our families are healthy, and when our families are healthy, our communities are healthy. If we truly want to help people in need, we have to help our churches.”

Wooten will gather with pastors on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 10 a.m. CT. for a press conference. The press event will be held at 434-440 E. 79th St. in Chicago.  

Dating back as far as the slave era, black churches have produced some of the nation’s greatest leaders and served as centers for spiritual guidance, counseling, rehabilitation, education, housing and employment. Churches are also major centers for families that need food or meals and support to pay their energy bills. But the economy is forcing churches to cutback.

Wooten wants to reverse this trend.  He is appealing to the Obama Administration and state legislative officials to provide churches with grants and programs that are used to aid small businesses.  He said he will fight for this kind of legislation if elected.

“We must do something to stop the hemorrhaging,” he said.  “These grants can give churches financial relief and access to information and expertise that can rejuvenate the churches and strengthen their outreach ministries that have helped so many citizens.”  

The important role churches play in Chicago and around the state is evident every day, Wooten said. Just this past Sunday, Apostolic Church of God used its influence to give its congregation a firsthand explanation for Chicago Public Schools’ decision, despite strong community opposition, to close under performing urban schools. That message was delivered by CPS CEO Jean Claude –Brizard.

Several weeks ago, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago announced plans for Imani Village, a 27-acre community next door to Chicago State University, where the church hopes to build sustainable housing, an urban farming and agricultural center, retail stores, community health centers and an NCAA-certified sports complex.

Last week, Rev. Cory Brooks, the founder of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, ended his 94-day campaign on the rooftop of an abandoned drug infested hotel in Englewood. He came down from the roof after raising $450,000 to raze and purchase the property for a community center.

Several years after he entered the ministry, Wooten founded Gathering Point Ministries, a unique organization that embraces a holistic approach to working with youth, offering services to both youth and their parents to build stronger families and vibrant communities. The idea is to help parents address their psychosocial support needs, such as health, education, housing and unemployment, which ultimately have a direct impact on most of the issues that youth face in their homes and communities.

“This is an example of what churches are capable of when they are healthy and have the resources,” Wooten said. “They can build housing, maintain strong ministries that deal with healthcare, such as cancer and HIV; they can work with ex-offenders and help them with their re-entry into society. They can also address issues of employment, crime, poverty, education and foreclosure. When we empower the churches, we empower GOD’S people.”

Illinois Comptroller Topinka honors Iraqi war veteran, female professionals, local leaders

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Chatham veteran Danielle Green Byrd, female professionals, local leaders honored


CHICAGO – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently honored Danielle Green Byrd, an Iraqi war veteran, with an award for being a “woman of distinction.”

Topinka selected Byrd and three other women from Illinois for the honor. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan also picked four women apiece, recognizing their professional and community accomplishments, during a Women’s History Month celebration at the James R. Thompson Center.

“Danielle is a remarkable young woman,” said Topinka of the Chatham veteran. “I appreciate her commitment to the community and dedication to serving our state and country.”

Specifically, Comptroller Topinka recognized Danielle Green Byrd, an Iraqi war veteran, who lost her left arm when two rocket propelled grenades hit the area she was guarding. Undeterred, she returned to Chicago, and almost four years after her injuries, graduated with a master’s degree in school counseling.

The celebration kicked off Women’s History Month, and highlighted the courage, creativity and diligence of the honorees. The state constitutional officers detailed the accomplishments of each honoree, and presented plaques to commemorate the occasion. For more information on the Comptroller’s Office, please visit: www.illinoiscomptroller.com.

Bishop T.D. Jakes and Codeblack Entertainment highlight awareness for America’s missing persons of color

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Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day Will Help Bring National Awareness to This Crisis

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor at The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc. and Codeblack Entertainment, announce their joint support of the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that brings awareness to missing persons of color.

According to recent statistics, persons of color make up an estimated 40 percent of missing people in the United States. Of that 85 percent were Black – far greater than their approximately 13 percent share of the U.S. population and yet they were the subject of fewer than 23 percent of all news reports.

The collaboration was created as a campaign to support the April 13 theatrical release of Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day, produced by T.D. Jakes and distributed by Codeblack Entertainment.

The film’s plot elements deal with the impact of abduction on an African-American family. Outreach offered at The Potter’s House along with the vital information and awareness championed by the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. created an opportunity to form a relationship to address the issue of abduction in the film and the lack of media coverage when persons of color are reported missing.

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. (BAM FI) was established as a non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color, provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety.

“African Americans are unlikely to receive a national alert or to be featured in the media when their loved ones go missing,” said Bishop T.D. Jakes. “In an effort to bring awareness and help turn the tide on these daunting statistics, Codeblack Entertainment and The Potter’s House are helping to bring this issue to the forefront.”

To do just that, The Potter’s House has created a multi-tiered relationship. BAM FI will be featured at the popular MEGA TOTZ and MEGA KIDZ conferences held June 29th and 30th and July 19th-21st, respectively. At both conferences, the foundation will be able to present safety workshops as well as provide child identification kits so that families are prepared in a crisis.

The Potter’s House Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health has joined the efforts and will be listed as a resource for BAM FI clients and will be open to serve individuals and families referred by the trailblazing foundation. Additional efforts will increase awareness through scheduled posts and campaigns via Facebook, Twitter and in-house correspondence to all five churches under The Potter’s House umbrella.

Additionally, Codeblack Entertainment will help further awareness, education and support of BAM FI through a variety of traditional, non-traditional and social media marketing efforts.

“It is so important to educate our community on this issue, especially since an overwhelming number of missing persons in the United States are of color,” said Derrica Wilson, co-founder, Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. “We are so pleased that The Potter’s House along with Bishop T.D. Jakes and Codeblack Entertainment will use their platform to help find our missing men, women and children.”

The Foundation asserts that relationships with organizations are key, but that any effort can help bring a loved one home.

“Together we can find the thousands of individuals missing from our communities and bring them home or provide much needed closure for their families,” said Natalie Wilson, co-founder, Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. “We can all play a part-big or small- in addressing this issue.”

To learn more about Black And Missing Foundation, Inc. and for profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, please visit BAM FI’s web site: www.bamfi.org.

Film synopsis:
Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day is a compelling story that unites love, suspense and faith into one heart-wrenching package. David (Blair Underwood) and Kari (Sharon Leal) Ames seem to have the perfect life until their young daughter is kidnapped, and over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that threaten to rip their marriage and lives apart.

Pastor, Entrepreneur and Filmmaker, T.D. Jakes proudly presents the second installment in his thought-provoking Woman Thou Art Loosed! film franchise entitled, Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day. This dramatic thriller stars Golden Globe® Nominee Blair Underwood (Madea’s Family Reunion, Set It Off) and Sharon Leal (Why Did I Get Married Too?, This Christmas). Also starring Nicole Beharie (American Violet), Nicoye Banks (NBC’s “Law & Order”), Emmy Award® Nominee Pam Grier (2012, The Man with the Iron Fists, Just Wright), Reed R. McCants (Civil Brand) and Jaqueline Fleming (2012, Contraband; HBO’s “Tremé”).

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Neema Barnette, Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day underscores the impact of secrets, lies and deception on the lives of the featured characters.

Produced and distributed by Codeblack Entertainment and executive produced by T.D. Jakes for T.D.J Enterprises.

Key Links:
* Official Film Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGP4ON7SkOI
* Official Film Site: www.tdjakeswtalmovie.com
* Official Film Facebook: www.facebook.com/WomanThouArtLoosed7thDay
* Black & Missing Foundation, Inc Facebook: www.facebook.com/bamfiorg
* Black & Missing Foundation, Inc Twitter: @BAM_FI
* Black & Missing Foundation Inc’s :30 PSA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMmBQW4wLYQ&sns=em

About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAM FI) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends; and to provide educational training on personal safety. BAM FI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Visit www.bamfi.org for more information.

About Codeblack Entertainment:
Launched in 2005 by entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan, CODEBLACK Enterprises LLC is a global new media & entertainment content company focused on connecting with diverse African-American and urban audiences wherever they are. CODEBLACK proudly delivers its content across the globe through television, motion pictures and a wide range of digital media. Visit www.codeblackentertainment.com more information.

About TDJ Enterprises:
Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as the senior pastor of the 30,000-member church The Potter’s House located in Dallas. Under the T.D.J. Enterprises umbrella, a for-profit organization, are film, music, bestselling books, and other products helping disseminate a faith-based message to a wide audience. Visit www.tdjakes.com for more information.

About The Potter’s House:

Located in Dallas, The Potter’s House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher” and as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals.” The Potter’s House has five locations, The Potter’s House of Dallas, The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, The Potter’s House of North Dallas, and The Potter’s House of Denver and a Spanish language church, Casa de Fe. www.thepottershouse.org

Photo Caption: Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day
Photo credit: Cook Allender

“Shootings and direct action”: A Special Message from Father Michael L. Pfleger

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Dear Family and Friends:
This week there were shootings and killings across the city and a 22-year-old 
was shot and killed at 79th and Loomis in the middle of the day in the White 
Castle’s parking lot, touching off new gang friction.  We must address this 
immediately to let it be known WE WILL not accept the violence!
This Sunday (March 4th), during the 10 a.m. Unity Service, the sermon will
 be an action in our streets and prayer.  We will begin service as usual, and
 the sermon will be an Action, and we will return to church to continue mass.
There will be two groups, those that take to the streets and those
 who will intercede in prayer in the Sanctuary for the sermon.
 I realize this is radical to many, but OUR CHILDREN 
I am asking for your support and trust in this!  Please come prepared, I need 
your presence.  Men, I need you!  Spread the word!  Let’s have church 
and let’s be church!

Black Book Review: “Blame Rane” by Rene’ O’Shea

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By Lynia White

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — “Blame it on the rain.” That is a common phrase people use when they just don’t know who to blame. When things go wrong, the last person you want to blame is yourself. Sadly, that is where the blame usually lies – within. We have to take responsibility for our own actions. Rene’ O’Shea’s debut novel, Blame Rane, highlights this fundamental truth.

Blame Rane is a young woman whose life begins to spiral out of control. Tragically, her parents have been killed in a house fire. She has no family to turn to and is left completely destitute. Homeless and desperate, she decides to move in with a wild, foolhardy co-worker. Blame is a shy, sheltered girl that tries hard to fit in with her roommate. Blame is introduced to the fast lane and she goes nowhere fast. She makes a series of bad choices with very bad consequences. However, she doesn’t see them as choices. She thinks that she is just doing what she has to in order to survive. She subjects herself to domestic violence, drugs and a life of crime. She pays dearly for her bad decisions.

After struggling for years, Blame finally learns her lesson. She realizes that she is in control of her life. For the first time in her adult life, she begins to act wisely. By age forty, she has her life together. I wish I could say that she had a happy ending. Unfortunately, Blame’s past has an adverse effect on her children. It’s the cycle of life. Each generation will impact the next.

Throughout the book, O’Shea gives glimpses into the generations that preceded Blame. She reaches centuries back into history, giving the reader a vivid picture of the horrors of slavery. She shows how brave and resilient Blame’s ancestors were. It is very interesting how O’Shea portrays the impact that the past has on the present and future. She emphasizes the importance of knowing where we came from so that we can know where we are going. We can all learn powerful lessons from previous generations. We can learn from their mistakes and we gain strength from their examples.

Blame Rane is a powerful story. It is filled with thought-provoking life lessons. It is also entertaining with unexpected twists and suspense. You won’t want to put it down. When you’re done reading this book, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. O’Shea is a talented writer with the ability to captivate her audience.

The book can be purchased at blamerane.webs.com, Lulu.com and blackgirlgreenworld.com.

Lynia White is a columnist, book reviewer and the founder of The Quality Corner Bookstore. For more book reviews by Lynia, visit her blog at http://thequalitycorner.blogspot.com.

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Chicago’s new generation of theater artists are showcased in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Next Up

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Second Annual Partnership with Northwestern University features three plays

In Rotating Repertory in the Steppenwolf Garage, June 5-24, 2012


CHICAGO, IL – This June Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its commitment to Chicago’s next generation of theater artists with the second annual NEXT UP: three productions presented in rotating repertory June 5 – 24, 2012 in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.). NEXT UP is presented in collaboration with Northwestern University’s MFA programs in Direction and Design, and features the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors: Life and Limb by Keith Reddin, directed by Emily Campbell; South of Settling by Emily Schwend, directed by Adam Goldstein; and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Laley Lippard. The directors and designers make their Steppenwolf debut under the mentorship of Steppenwolf staff and artists, including ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro and scenic designer Todd Rosenthal—both members of the Northwestern faculty—as well as Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels.

“It’s thrilling to have the Steppenwolf/Northwestern collaboration continue for a second year, building on the success and lessons learned from our inaugural NEXT UP,” comments ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, head of Northwestern University’s MFA Directing Program. “Steppenwolf has made a commitment to the development of emerging artists; this multi-year mentor/mentee experience is vital to the careers of these very talented theater-makers.”

 Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Second Annual NEXT UP 

Life and Limb by Keith Reddin

directed by Emily Campbell

June 5 – 24, 2012 in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.)

Life and Limb

features Grace Rex as Effie; Jürgen Hooper as Franklin; Audrey Francis as Doina; Chris Froseth as Tod; Tom Hickey as Sam, Eric and Jerry; Roman Harris-MacDonald as Chris; and Leonard J. Kraft as Grandfather. The creative team includes Scenic Designer Courtney O’Neill, Costume Designer Sally Dolembo and Lighting Designer Will Kirkham. 

Wounded in Korea, Franklin returns home minus an arm and a future. With zero prospects for work and a faltering marriage, he struggles to regain his life. When he finally lands a job, Franklin finds himself working for a sadistic manufacturer of artificial limbs. Deadpan, cold-blooded and comic, Life and Limb is not your typical veteran’s story.

South of Settling by Emily Schwend

directed by Adam Goldstein
June 6 – 23, 2012 in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.)

South of Settling features Janet Ulrich Brooks as Kate Deckhouse; Keith Kupferer as Irwin Deckhouse; Nicole Wiesner as Amy; Jeff Trainor as Randall; and Joey deBettencourt as Paulie Wheaton. The creative team includes Scenic Designer Sarah Watkins, Costume Designer Kelsey Ettman and Lighting Designer Rebecca Jeffords.

Kate and Irwin Deckhouse’s quiet, orderly life turns topsy-turvy with the surprise arrival of Kate’s long estranged cousin Amy and her brand new husband Randall. Deckhouse hospitality is put to the test as family secrets are unlocked and hard truths confronted. South of Settling explores how much our dreams and desires are shaped by others, for better or worse.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

directed by Laley Lippard

June 7 – 24, 2012 in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.)

The Glass Menagerie features Leah Karpel as Laura Wingfield; Kathy Scambiatterra as Amanda Wingfield; Brett Schneider as Jim O’Connor; and Aaron Roman Weiner as Tom Wingfield. The creative team includes Scenic Designer William Boles, Costume Designer Sally Dolembo and Lighting Designer Rebecca Jeffords.
In Tennessee Williams’ classic autobiographical play, poet and dreamer Tom Wingfield weaves truth and imagination to conjure up his younger self and the family he escaped long ago. Life in the Wingfield household chafes: his overbearing mother Amanda yearns for the glamour of her past; his fragile, shy sister, Laura believes happiness is out of reach; and a young Tom fights to realize his dreamed-for future.

Performance Schedule

NEXT UP plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 1pm, 5pm and 9pm; and Sundays at 4pm and 8pm. The complete schedule is as follows:


Life and Limb                                             South of Settling                                     The Glass Menagerie      

Tuesday, 6/5 at 8pm*                                   Wednesday, 6/6 at 8pm*                           Thursday, 6/7 at 8pm*

Friday, 6/8 at 8pm                                       Saturday, 6/9 at 5pm**                              Saturday, 6/9 at 9pm**

Saturday, 6/9 at 1pm**                                 Sunday, 6/10 at 8pm                                Sunday, 6/10 at 4pm

Wednesday, 6/13 at 8pm                             Thursday, 6/14 at 8pm                              Tuesday, 6/12 at 8pm

Saturday, 6/16 at 5pm                                 Saturday, 6/16 at 9pm                              Friday, 6/15 at 8pm

Sunday, 6/17 at 8pm                                   Sunday, 6/17 at 4pm                                Saturday, 6/16 at 1pm

Thursday, 6/21 at 8pm                                 Tuesday, 6/19 at 8pm                               Wednesday, 6/20 at 8pm

Saturday, 6/23 at 9pm                                 Friday, 6/22 at 8pm                                  Saturday 6/23 at 5pm

Sunday, 6/24 at 4pm                                   Saturday, 6/23 at 1pm                              Sunday, 6/24 at 8pm

*   Preview performance

** Press performance

Tickets to NEXT UP ($15 – $20) go on sale Friday, March 23, 2012. Passes to all three plays are available for $45. Tickets will be available at www.steppenwolf.org, 1650 N. Halsted St. or at 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available.

Support for NEXT UP comes through the “Leading for the Future Initiative,” a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director) is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces – including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults. Steppenwolf’s productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org, www.facebook.com/SteppenwolfTheatre and www.twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr.

Currently on stage are Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (through May 13, 2011) in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St.); and Garage Rep (through April 8, 2012) in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N. Halsted St.), featuring Oohrah! by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Brad Akin, presented by LiveWire Chicago; Hit the Wall by Ike Holter, directed by Eric Hoff, presented by The Inconvenience; and He Who, written and directed by Michael Montenegro, presented by Theatre Zarko.

Upcoming productions in the 2011/12 season include: The March, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, adapted for the stage and directed by ensemble member Frank Galati (April 5 – June 10, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St.); and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (June 28 – August 26, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halstead St.).

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