Evanston theaters to celebrate Black History Month with play reading

Jia You, Assistant City Editor

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre will celebrate Black History Month with a collaborative dramatic reading of the play “Gee’s Bend” on Feb. 4, according to a city news release.

The theaters will stage the reading at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Audience members can participate in receptions before and after the performance at the center’s Noyes Gallery, hich is also hosting the art exhibition, “Stitched in Tradition: Arts Quilts of the Black Threads Collective.” Admission to the reading and the receptions is open to the public free of charge.

The play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder revolves around the story of a group of women quilters in Alabama, reflecting on historical events such as segregation and the Civil Rights movement through the narrative of the women’s lives.

Tim Rhoze, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s artistic director, will direct the dramatic reading.

— Jia You