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Staged Reading of Ntozake Shange’s Boogie Woogie Landscapes

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Staged Reading of Ntozake Shange’s Boogie Woogie Landscapes
Monday, April 8th, 6:00-9:00PM
Doors open at 6:00PM, performance begins at 6:30PM
Free. Limited seating. Please register for tickets here.

From the acclaimed playwright of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf comes a choreopoem about one night of dreams and memories from a young, African American woman. A collage of dreamlike memories and poetic editorials, Boogie Woogie Landscapes is a funny, moving, and surprising piece of theatre from one of America’s most incisive poets/playwrights. 

This staged reading is directed by Ilesa Duncan, the Artistic Director of Lifeline Theater, and performed by professional actors.

Court’s Spotlight Reading Series aims to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon.

Refreshments will be served.

Experimental Station’s events are free and welcome to all. Our event space is wheelchair accessible. Here is a map in case this is your first visit!

For more information, please contact Matthew Searle, Assistant Director, at matthew (at) or 773.241.6044.

The Spotlight Reading series is made possible in part by a grant from


Ilesa Duncan  Director
Ilesa is a producer, director, writer, educator and theater-maker who is the Artistic Director of Lifeline Theater, has been Pegasus Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director since 2013, and producer of the Young Playwrights Festival since 2006. An avid collaborator of new work, her recent directing credits include Lifeline’s Jeff Recommended Neverwhere (2018); Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery(Jeff Nominated), Rutherford’s Travels (Jeff Nominated, co-adapter), The Green BookFor Her as a Piano, and Blacula: Young, Black & Undead at Pegasus; Broken Fences at 16th Street Theater; the Jeff Award-nominated The Nativity with Congo Square; and the Jeff Award-winning Jar the Floor at ETA Creative Arts. Ilesa has also worked with Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Stage Left, and Chicago Dramatists, as well as Contemporary American Theatre Company (Ohio), The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Arena Stage (Washington DC), and Lincoln Center Theater (New York). As an educator, Ilesa has led youth development and arts education programs in Chicago for over twelve years. She is a past awardee of an NEA/TCG Directing fellowship and a Ragdale’s Fellow with 3Arts. She is member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab and the Chicago Director’s Lab, and she is an associate artist with Chicago Dramatists (where she previously served as education and community engagement director).

This text and image is from the Lifeline Theater website.