Three Sundays of three powerful plays: ‘Theatre in the X’ returns to Malcolm X Park with free outdoor performances

August 2, 2016


Audiences were enthralled last summer for Theatre in the X’s almost three hour all-Black presentation of Shakespeare’s Othello (Photo West Philly Local).

Theatre in the X, a group comprised of three local theater artists – Carlo Campbell, Walter DeShields and LaNeshe Miller-White – is returning for its third season to Malcolm X Park this month with free outdoor performances.

In honor of their third season the group will present ​three Sundays of three plays: The Meeting by Jeff Stetson, the story of a fictional meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; Love, Queens who Suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, a choreopoem written and compiled by Jamila Capitman and Heather Thomas featuring the writing of Philadelphia poets; and New Black Math by Suzan-Lori Parks, a creative explanation of what a Black play is.

Performances take place at Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St., on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m., Aug. 14 at 3 p.m., and Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair for a guaranteed seat. 

An estimated audience of 450 people were able to experience this unique outdoor theater’s all-Black presentation of Shakespeare’s Othello last year (see photos here). This year’s three-piece medley will offer audiences an afternoon/evening exploring the past, present, and future, of what it means to be Black in America and beyond.

Theatre in the X was created to provide free and accessible theater to the community, as well as provide acting and directing opportunities for Philadelphia’s African American talent.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Jacqueline Goldsmith Says:

    This is absolutely a beautiful & informative gift that you all offer, Thank You very Much.

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