MARIE ANTOINETTE AND THE MAGICAL NEGROES will be presented by The Story Theater


The Story Theater will once again welcome audiences with the Chicago premiere of Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes, written and directed by the Chicago playwright and member of the Governing Ensemble Terry guest*. This new play, which explores black rebellion and liberation through the lens of the French Revolution, will be performed from June 30 to July 17, 2022 on the Schwartz Stage at the Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark St. (in Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at thestorytheatre.org or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press preview is Saturday July 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The production will include Nathaniel AndreBrenna DiStasio*, Keith Illidge, Danyelle Monson, Maya Vinice Prentiss, david stobbe and Amber Washington. Studies include Cat Christmas, Caitlin DobbinJourdan Lewanda, Dylan Rogers and Marlene Slaughter.

It’s a play about rage. Revolt. Revolution. Revenge. It’s about what happens when Black gets tired of sitting down and turning the other cheek. What do we have left to do? Are we shouting? Pray? Should we be quiet? Should we revolt? Can the tools we’ve used in the past work for the future or do we need to write a new script? Using trap music, fashion shows and the backdrop of the French Revolution, member of the Ensemble Gouvernant Terry guestby Marie Antoinette & The Magical Negroes reinvents the myth of the lost monarchy and puts it into the hands and mouths of black people.

The production team includes Jordan Dell Harris (Scenic Designer), Isaac-Jay Pineda (Costume Designer), Levi Wilkins (Lighting Design), Andrew Littleton (Sound Designer), Willow James (Composer), Ayanna Bria Bakari* (Choreographer), Thomas Russell (Violence Designer), Elijah Miller (Associate Sound Designer), Kenny-Finch Collymore-Williams (Playwright), Paul Michel Thomson* (COVID Safety Manager), Lucy Whipp* (Production Manager), Stina Taylor (Technical Manager), Liz Gomez (Master Electrician), Britney Brown (Associate Director), Sydney Ha (Community and Outreach Coordinator), Ariel Beller (Assistant Stage Manager), Lucy Whipp* (Stage Manager) and Meagan Dilworth and Paul Michel Thomson* (Producers).

Content Advisory: This piece explores violence past and present, including gun violence, federal executions, and a brief discussion of lynching. If you would like more details before purchasing your ticket, feel free to email [email protected]. The Story recognizes that individual sensitivities are myriad, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions.

COVID Protocols: The Story Theater is proudly in residence at the Raven Theater and is following all COVID safety protocols accordingly. The Story and Raven currently require proof of vaccination and masking at all performances. Protocols may change closer to the event date. For all current information from Raven on COVID-19 and vaccination, visit raventheatre.com/covid-19.

*Denotes a member of the Story Theater Governor Ensemble

PERFORMANCE DETAILS:

Title: Marie Antoinette and the Magic Negroes

Playwright/director: member of the directing ensemble Terry guest*

Distribution: (in alphabetical order): Nathaniel Andre (Savage), Brenna DiStasio* (Marie-Antoinette), Keith Illidge (Jim Crow), Danyelle Monson (Sapphire), Maya Vinice Prentiss (Sambo), david stobbe (King Louis XVI) and Amber Washington (Mammy).

Linings: Cat Christmas, Caitlin DobbinJourdan Lewanda, Dylan Rogers and Marlene Slaughter.

Location: Schwartz Stage at the Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark St. (in Granville), Chicago

Dates: Opening Thursday June 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday July 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Press opening: Saturday July 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular race: from Sunday July 3 to Sunday July 17, 2022

Curtain times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets: Previews $15. Regular ride $20. Students/Active Military and Veterans $10. Tickets are currently available at thestorytheatre.org or by calling (773) 338-2177.

Group Tickets: Special group rates are available. For more information, call (773) 338-2177 or email [email protected]org.

Plan your visit:

Free parking is provided in land adjacent to the theater – additional street parking is available. Nearest El Station: Granville Red Line. Bus: #22 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155

(Devon), #84 (Peterson).

About the playwright/director

Terry guest is an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, poet, and artist-teacher based in Chicago. Her play At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen has been studio-worked, read and performed nationwide and was the 2018 recipient of Out Front Theater’s Spectrum Series Fellowship. He is currently a member of the Goodman Theater 2020/21 Playwrights Unit and is commissioned to write new plays by several other Chicagoland companies. As an actor, Terry has worked in regional theaters across the country including Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Alliance Theater, Actors Express and others. Terry is a member of the directing ensemble at the Story Theater and is signed by DDO Chicago. Inspired by: whitney houston, Stephen SondheimMy grandmother in the kitchen, Spike Lee, Tennessee WilliamsBlack Queer, Black Women, Bob Macky costumes, Kerry james marshallLiza Minelli and the creativity and resilience of black people around the world.

About History Theater

Founded in 2018, The Story Theater will ask questions rather than provide answers. We develop and produce new works that are whimsical, melancholy, mythical in their vision and intimate scale. We are led by a guiding artistic ensemble, who ensures that our work actively dismantles racism and inequality, while cultivating community through activism and catharsis.

The Story Theater is funded in part by The Michael and Mona Heath Fund, Chicago Bulls Charities, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and The cliff dwellers.

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