OnyxFest 2020


Venue: Indy Eleven TheatreIndyFringe Basile Theatre
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Performance Art, Political

Location: The Pocket Park at IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E St. Clair Street, 46202
With appropriate social distancing and health precautions in place,
performances of all six plays will be held in the outdoor environment
of the Pocket Park adjacent to the IndyFringe Basile and Indy Eleven Theatres.

Ticket Information: On sale now, visit each play’s site to order
Contact Info: onyxfest2020@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OnyxFestIndy

 

 

OnyxFest written in black. A celebration of African American voices.

Presented by IndyFringe and A.R.T.I. (Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI) – Indy’s first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of Black playwrights.

 

About OnyxFest 2020:

Indy’s first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of Black playwrights. For the past decade, OnyxFest created a stage to celebrate and articulate Black life, issues and culture. This year, the messages of Black playwrights will resonate with unprecedented urgency. OnyxFest 2020 features six one-act productions by local Black playwrights.  For the first time, all OnyxFest performances will be recorded by WFYI-TV for broadcast consideration.

A Bluesy Night” by Aniqua Chatman explores the bliss and blues of unexpected attraction and unexpected challenges.
Directed by: Trent K. Haw-Rich
Theater: Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
Saturday, October 17 @ 4pm.
Performed by: Aniqua Chatman, Jalen Anderson and Aaron Wright
“On The Corner” by Michael Florence offers pensive reflections of three death row inmates with contrasting perspectives on their journey.
Directed by: Edric Mitchell
Theater: Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
o Saturday, October 3, 2020 2:00 p.m.
o Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:00 p.m.
o Friday, October 9, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Performed by: KJ Dennis, Matias Gonzalez, and Deont'a Starks
“Anniversary” by J.R. Baltimore is a humorous tale of temptation and consequences of carnal options outweighing conscience.
Directed by: Kelly Mills
Theater: Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
o Sunday, October 4, 2020 4:00 p.m.
o Friday, October 9, 2020 6:00 p.m.
o Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Performed by: Nate Russell, Montez Lafayette, Bianca Black, and Kaitlynn Nailon
“I Feed You Defiance” by Rain Wilson offers a raw and tender revelation of the dilemma faced by mothers raising Black and Brown sons.
Directed by: Rain Wilson
Theater: Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
o Friday, October 2, 2020 6:00 p.m.
o Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:00 p.m.
o Saturday, October 17, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Performed by Dayna Arnett, Brittany Crone, Faye Holmes, Kelsey E. Johnson, Kimberlan Peak-Hill, Andrea P Wilson, and Alaina Renae Williams
“Seven Days” by Shandrea Funnye is a warm story of love, spontaneity, sacrifice and the notion that timing is everything.
Directed by: Shandrea Funnye
Theater: Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
o Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:30 p.m.
o Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:00 p.m.
o Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:30 p.m.
Performed by: Tajuan Woodson, Frederick Weathers, Tessia Jones-Clark, and Anjoynae Jimpson
“Being Black” by Vernon A. Williams a collection of vignettes that create a soulful sojourn into myriad layers of the Black experience.
Directed by: Tijideen Rowley
Theater:Outdoors IndyFringe Pocket Park
Schedule:
o Friday, October 2, 2020 8:00 p.m.
o Friday, October 9, 2020 7:30 p.m.
o Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:30 p.m.
Performed by: Lark Hodges, Isaiah N.B. Moore, Latrice Young, Leonard Harris, Ricky Cortez, Monica Cantrell, Deserae Kay

 

About A.R.T.I. (Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI):
The Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) is a program of study offered by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the School of Education and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement using a multidisciplinary approach to “edutainment.” ARTI was developed to document and artistically reflect the history, cultural life, and politics of peoples of the African Diaspora. As a public arts initiative, ARTI has a deep commitment to and focuses on artistic and community engagement. The Office of Community Engagement and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Education are supporting this proposal because it advances the idea that learning in the arts is invaluable at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life may advance civic engagement while also creating a college and career pathway. Leslie Kenneth Etienne, ARTI manager and acting director of IUPUI Africana Studies, said his group also seeks to increase collaborations with local Black and other minority theatre groups in Indianapolis, launch a black events quarterly periodical and establish an advisory council for Black theater in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District. Along with Etienne, ARTI consists of Khaula Murtadha, associate vice chancellor for community engagement; Regina Turner, associate faculty in communication studies; Lasana Kazembe, associate professor in the school of education, and Vernon A. Williams, communication and community engagement strategist.

About IndyFringe:
The Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival (IndyFringe) founded in 2005 is a place, an event, a movement, an incubator for new talent and a magnet for imaginative and thoughtful people. IndyFringe is best known for the annual IndyFringe Festival that transforms Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis into a vibrant, eclectic and exciting festival avenue. IndyFringe has been a catalyst for the resurgence of arts and culture in downtown Indianapolis. IndyFringe also operates two theatres on the fringe of Mass Ave; the IndyFringe Basile and Indy Eleven Theatres. They are known for presenting five mini-festivals including OnyxFest, amplifying the voices of African American playwrights, DivaFest, providing a stage for women’s voices, a festival of New Plays and Ten Minute Plays and the international Winter Magic Festival. The District Theatre at 627 Mass Ave has a rich LGBTQ history of community theatre and presents an eclectic mix of drama, dance, music and magic. IndyFringe has been a catalyst for the resurgence of arts and culture in downtown Indianapolis. IndyFringe extends its reach into the community with Fringe on Wheels, a mobile theatre which takes live theatre to artists and audiences who do not have access to traditional theatre experiences.

Meet the Playwrights