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CHICAGO—ShawChicago presents The Art of Langston Hughes, a collection of plays and short stories that celebrate the American legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet and playwright Langston Hughes. This is a one night performance on September 18 at 7 PM at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Adapted to the stage and directed by Luther Goins, this quartet of short plays (which includes Soul Gone Home, “Tain’t So”, Heaven or Hell, and Breakfast in Virginia) investigates the struggles that African-Americans faced during the very painful Jim Crow Laws (enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States) and during the Harlem Renaissance. “I chose these wonderful pieces because of their ability to show us the pure genius of Langston Hughes, and to open the door to his amazing sense of humor. Simple and powerful, the themes and issues of the selected pieces are still relevant today. Love, poverty, racial prejudice, the importance of money, an individual’s position within society, expectations, the human condition, values and morals, human kindness, the lack of respect for others, marriage, cheating, acceptance, and the ideas that surround the concepts of Heaven and Hell. Sadly, we live with, and deal with, most, if not all of these themes and issues every day. This, in a supremely unique way, put Langston Hughes far ahead of his time.”

Cast members include: Shari Addison, Dushon Monique Brown, Charls Hall, Evan Tyrone Martin and Tristien Marcellous Winifree

Photography: Dakota Sillyman
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CHICAGO—ShawChicago presents The Art of Langston Hughes, a collection of plays and short stories that celebrate the American legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet and playwright Langston Hughes. This is a one night performance on September 18 at 7 PM at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Adapted to the stage and directed by Luther Goins, this quartet of short plays (which includes Soul Gone Home, “Tain’t So”, Heaven or Hell, and Breakfast in Virginia) investigates the struggles that African-Americans faced during the very painful Jim Crow Laws (enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States) and during the Harlem Renaissance.  “I chose these wonderful pieces because of their ability to show us the pure genius of Langston Hughes, and to open the door to his amazing sense of humor.  Simple and powerful, the themes and issues of the selected pieces are still relevant today.  Love, poverty, racial prejudice, the importance of money, an individual’s position within society, expectations, the human condition, values and morals, human kindness, the lack of respect for others, marriage, cheating, acceptance, and the ideas that surround the concepts of Heaven and Hell.  Sadly, we live with, and deal with, most, if not all of these themes and issues every day. This, in a supremely unique way, put Langston Hughes far ahead of his time.”

Cast members include: Shari Addison, Dushon Monique Brown, Charls Hall, Evan Tyrone Martin and Tristien Marcellous Winifree

Photography: Dakota Sillyman

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We hope everyone enjoyed last night's performance of The Art of Langston Hughes!!! Thank you everyone for coming out!

"I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America."
— Langston Hughes

Actor: Tristien Marcellous Winfree
Photo Credit: Dakota Sillyman
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We're so thrilled to have Tristien Winfree join our cast for The Art of Langston Hughes! Get your tickets NOW at bit.ly/DeferredNoMore

Tristien Marcellous Winfree is more than humble to be working with ShawChicago on behalf of the Langston Hughes Benefit. A native of Houston, Texas, but no stranger to Chicago. Regional theatre stage credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Project of Chicago),Kingdom (Broken Nose Theatre), The Boys Upstairs (Pride Films and Plays) The Elephant Man (Alley Theatre), A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), Guest Lecture (The Landing Theatre Company), A Soldiers Play (Ensemble Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Okane Theatre), Aida (Houston Grand Opera) Das Rheingold (Houston Grand Opera), Otello (Houston Grand Opera). Off stage credits include A.D Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre), A.D Women In The Pit (Ensemble Theatre). Mr Winfree would like to thank everyone who showed endless support towards his journey.
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"Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly."
— Langston Hughes

We're a little under a week away!!! The Art of Langston Hughes is a one night adventure into the politics of the Harlem Renaissance that you can NOT miss out on!!!! Tix available at bit.ly/DeferredNoMore
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Evan Tyrone Martin takes the stage Sept. 18 with ShawChicago for The Art of Langston Hughes! Tix available NOW on TodayTix!

Evan Tyrone Martin is so thrilled to help bring voice to an artist he has long considered an inspiration, Mr. Langston Hughes. Evan is a #Chicago based actor whose recent credits include: Hud in Hair (Mercury Theater, thru Sept 14th) Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre), I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett (Mercury Theatre), Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre, BTA Nomination),Raymond Deagan in Far From Heaven (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), King Triton in The Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre) and (Arkansas Rep), Jake in Side Show (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), Tom Collins in Rent (Paramount), Harpo in The Color Purple (Mercury Theatre), as well as starring in his ongoing show one man show Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole. He would like to thank his God, his incredible friends, and his family and for their constant love and support. Thank you for supporting the Arts. Love Each Other. (EKM, JWR)
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Meet DuShon Monique Brown, Cast Member of The Art of Langston Hughes!!! #DeferredNoMore tix at bit.ly/DeferredNoMore

DUSHON MONIQUE BROWN is thrilled to be creating once again with Luther Goins after last being seen on stage at Chicago Dramatists as Mutha/Kirk in For Her as a Piano. Some of Brown’s other theater credits include portraying Queenie in Hope VI (Chicago Dramatists) productions at ETA where she began her professional career, Chicago Theatre Co. (Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Journal of Ordinary Thought, Train is Comin’, Love Child-by Luther Goins, Rabbit’s Food), Lookingglass Theatre (Summertime)MPAACT (MiLK,Christ T), Lifeline (Praying for Sheetrock), Apple Tree (Once on This Island), Steppenwolf Arts X (Our Town, Division Street), The Goodman (Amen Corner), and Piven (Because They Have No Words). Brown has received Joseph Jefferson and Black Theater Alliance Award nods along her theatrical journey. Film credits include, The Dilemma (in the comedic outtakes), Unexpected, One Small Hitch, and A Light Beneath Her Feet. Television credits include Shameless, BOSS, Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break, Empire, a docudrama pilot called Public Housing Unit, an upcoming appearance in the Amazon.com sci-fi series, Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and the recurring role of Connie on Chicago Fire. Brown also works as a high school counselor in Chicago.
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Charls Sedgwick Hall joins the cast of The Art of Langston Hughes!!!!! Tix available on TodayTix!!!!

Some of his favorite roles are: Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Charlie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Revised, Boyet in Love’s Labours Losts, The Recruiting Officer in Mother Courage and Her Children, The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Brutus in Julius Caesar and Macduff in Macbeth, Preacher/Ol’ Mister in The Color Purple, The Mirror in The Next Fairy Tale, Father in The Escape Artist’s Children and Reverend Jones in Follow, Isaac in Faith and the Good Thing, Cal in The Little Foxes and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the triumvirate Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, The Player King/Queen and The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Gottlieb Biedermann in The Firebugs, Rush Limbaugh in King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free, Nicola in Arms and the Man and Gertie in Angels of Lemnos. Charls is a graduate of New York University’s School of the Performing Arts. Charls teaches Movement and Shakespeare Text, is a faculty member at Shakespeare and Company. Thank you family and friends for your inspirational support.
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SHARI ADDISON a vocalist extraordinaire, possesses a soulful passion for music. While her career spans diverse music genres, her heart truly belongs to gospel. In 2007, Shari appeared on BET - Black Entertainment Television premier broadcast of the gospel talent competition, Sunday Best and placed second. Her powerful performances helped BET garner the highest rated gospel show in its history with a voting audience of more than 1.5 million viewers. Subsequently, she appeared on BET’s Celebration of Gospel hosted by Steve Harvey that featured recording luminaries Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond and Patti LaBelle. In 2010, Shari won a Stellar Award for Best Traditional CD of the Year for her first self-titled CD, Shari Addison. She was also showcased as guest recording artist at the Bobby Jones International Gospel Artists Retreat and is a contributing author to the book, Tears To Triumph. Shari has performed with artists Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, Bebe Winans, Mary Mary, Michael McDonald, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Ben Tankard and Stephanie Mills. A highly accomplished vocalist and #theatre actress, her extensive domestic and international career includes performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Maxim Gorki Theater and the U.S. Embassy in Russia, in South Africa and Brazil. Shari has also been showcased at Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Gospel Fest, one of the nation’s largest gospel festivals in Grant Park. She returned to this annual event to a packed house and rave reviews at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Additionally, she has performed on ABC, FOX, WCIU and WGN television networks. Taking a leave as the host of Intellectual Radio’s “Sunday Night Live with Shari Addison”, Shari returned to the theatre and was featured at the Black Ensemble Theatre as Aretha Franklin in Jackie Taylor’s “Dynamite Divas” for which she won a 2016 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue. She continued on this stage in “My Brother’s Keeper: Story of the Nicholas Brothers”, “Doo Whop Shoobop” and “Those Sensational Soulful Sixties”; at Congo Square Theatre Company in “A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle” as well as Playwright/Director Regina Taylor’s, “Crowns,” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Each of her performances received outstanding reviews. A native of #Chicago, Shari truly loves the Lord and is a licensed evangelist and psalmist at the Bright Star Church of God in Christ where Christopher T. Harris, Sr. is pastor. Happily married to Lewis Addison, they have four daughters and two grandsons.
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