A soulful sojourn into myriad layers of the Black experience.
Vernon A. Williams - “Being Black”
“OnyxFest 2020 is the perfect complement to a massive global transition, as it uses theatre to refine critical messages of change; giving voice to those who for too long have been invisible on the stage of our fragmented society.” Vernon A. Williams, “Being Black”
Vernon A. Williams is celebrating his 40th year as a playwright. His first work, “Whatever Happened to Blackness,” in 1980 was staged by the Gary Creative Theater Ensemble. Williams later co-founded the William Marshall Players in Gary IN. After moving to Indianapolis IN 2001 Williams produced “sonnets for my sistahs,” – from his book of the same title – an intimate collection of vignettes depicting seldom-heard heartfelt expressions of men to women. The production premiered at the Madam C.J. Walker Theater and toured throughout the state. Williams staged productions include “Playin’ for Keeps,” a talk-show setting for relationship dialogue; “A Woman’s Place”following five college girls’ evolution over the next two decades after graduation; “True Colors” which examined reactions to the election of the nation’s first Black president; and “The Divine Nine,” offering a glimpse into dynamics of Black fraternities and sororities. In 2019, Williams wrote, produced. and directed “The Price of Progress: The Indiana Avenue/IUPUI Story.” The play created candid examinations of the controversial transformation of the once predominantly African American Indiana Avenue-Ransom Place District to a premier urban campus. His most recent play - a response to the most compelling social challenge in the nation - is entitled, “Being Black.”
“Being Black” premiering at OnyxFest is an unapologetically candid expression of the multi-faceted dimensions of a people in constant evolution. It is the rejection of any attempt to reduce to a monolith a culture layered in authenticity, character, depth and resourcefulness. “Being Black” is a soulful sojourn into spiritual intellectualism
- Performed by Lark Hodges, Isaiah N.B. Moore, Latrice Young, Leonard Harris, Ricky Cortez, Monica Cantrell, Deserae Kay
SOLD OUT: Friday, October 2nd