"Sister Friend”

Thursday, Feb. 5
7:30 p.m. in Kolbe Hall's Daum Theatre
Sponsored by: University Libraries

Sister Friend: Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner On Freedom, Love, and the Divine - a one-act play and audience talk-back.

Phillis Wheatley, eighteenth-century Black poet and international celebrity and her friend Obour Tanner come to life in this one-act drama about their friendship, love, and understanding of the Divine. Based on the unique correspondence between Wheatley and Tanner, both of whom were enslaved, this play explore the women's assertions of freedom, dignity and faith. The play blends narrative with African American spirituals, exquisitely rendered by tenor Deborah Billups and soprano Vanessa Ballard. You don’t want to miss this story that will make your toes tap and your heart soar.

"…Or Does It Explode?”

Thursday, Feb. 12
7 p.m. in Kolbe Hall's Daum Theatre
Sponsored by: Center for Conflict Management, the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), and Ma'Sue Productions

This free play is written, produced and performed by local young black men based on actual stories about young black men in Akron.