Jun 17: An Evening at the Pekin Theatre


Illinois Humanities presents An Evening at the Pekin Theatre
Bronzeville’s Pekin Theatre, often called the “Temple of Music,” was the first Black-owned and -operated stock theatre company in the United States. The Pekin opened the first all-Black show ever produced in Chicago on June 18th, 1905 to an estimated crowd of 400 patrons. Join Illinois Humanities just one day shy of 112 years later as they reanimate history at the corner of 27th and S. State Street with an evening of ragtime-era performances by MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson and some of Chicago’s other most talented artists and musicians.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
at the Northwest Corner of 27th and South State Streets



Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Written by McKenzie Chinn
Musical Arrangements by William Hayes

In partnership with Empty Bottle Presents
With generous support from the Joyce Foundation

Featuring Sydney Charles, Breon Arzell, Destiny Strothers, Christopher Audain, MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson, and his band: Aidan Sinclair Daniels
Ernest Dawkins
Dushun Mosley
Samuel WIlliams
Robert Griffin
Roosevelt Griffin III
Tracy Kirk

Cultural Historian and Consultant: Tim Samuelson
Production Stage Manager: Adia Alli
Choreographer: Breon Arzell

An Evening at the Pekin Theatre is proud to be a part of the 2017 Year of Public Art Chicago.

This live, outdoor concert is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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