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20th Anniversary

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S: African Continuum Theatre Co. 1991-2011

1: Mustafaa Madyun, Ester Anglade, Daniel Brooking, Kenneth Daughtery, Fann Wilderson,Herbert Bruce, John "Moe" Moore, Delisa Saunders, Gloria Johnson, Annette Miller (photo S. Farmer)

3: by Pamela Sommers

4: 1989 Discussions begin about strengthening black theatre in Washington, DC. African Continuum Theatre Coalition (ACTCo) is formed. 1990 ACTCo’s 1st press conference. 1st showcase of DC’s black theatre companies at Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Member companies that performed: Creative Ascent Encore Theatre Enough Said Children’s Theatre Everyday Theatre Youth Ensemble HOME Theatre for New Columbia Serenity Players TM/2 1991 ACTCo receives Washington Post Award for Distinguished Service. Moved to offices in space provided by D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities. 2nd showcase, “A Toast to Love” presented at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Member companies that performed: American Theatre Project Creative Ascent Encore Theatre Everyday Theatre Youth Ensemble Enough Said Children’s Theatre Serenity Players Guest Artist: Topper Carew 1992 Coffeehouse performance labs begin. Host of Cultural Grounding Conference to address diversity in the arts. Benefit performance: “Zora Neale Hurston: a Theatrical Biography Annual Forum Series Workshops begin —An Actors’ Workshop/Preparing Yourself Professionally, Francelle S. Dorn ACTCo news – newsletter started. 3rd showcase, “Black to the Future a Profusion of Possibilities,” presented at Landsburgh Theater. Members performing: American Theatre Project, Creative Ascent, Pin Points Touring Theater Co. 1993 ACTCo moves to new office space at 3523 12th St., NE, 2nd Flr., Washington, DC. ACTCo and Studio Theatre present “Spunk” to benefit ACTCo. 4th showcase, “Beneath the Mask: Quest for a Diasporan Identity,” presented at UDC. Members performing: American Theater Project, Creative Ascent, The Rep, Inc. Series of five-minute radio spots on black theatre news produced on a regular basis. Form Series: Producing and Directing for Non-Profit Theater, with Woodie King. Acting/Directing: Where Do They Meet? with Vera J. Katz 1994 5th anniversary Gala kick-off benefit at Georgia Brown’s restaurant. Co-sponsored Town Hall Meeting on the Arts at the Lincoln Theatre. “Black Women in Theatre and the New Millennium” presented at the J.F. Kennedy Center. Featured: Judy Dearing, Judith Alexa Jackson, Sydne' Mahone, into by Peggy Cooper Cafritz h showcase, “Sepia Stages: A Musical Revue of D.C. Black Theater History,” presented in the Theatre Lab of the Kennedy Center. Members companies that performed: American Theatre Project, Creative Ascent, The Rep, Inc. 1995 “Ghost Stories of the Blacksmith Curse” produced with the American Theatre Project and presented in the Old Vat of Arena Stage. ACTCo suffers funding cuts and undergoes a period of evaluation. ACTCo launches acting classes and students present a staged reading of “Urban Folktales” at the Source Theater. ACTCo presents a staged reading of “Sokoyokoto” at the Stables Art Center’s Black Box hosts fundraiser at Arena Stage. Member organizations: American Theatre Project, Creative Ascent, Encore Thatre Co., Enough Said Children’s Christian Theatre, The Essential Theatre, Everyday Theatre, Nomads Theatre Workshop, Pinpoints Theatre, The Serenity Players, The Rep, Inc.

5: 1996 ACTCo (membership organization) evolves into to African Continuum Theatre Company, a production company. ACTCo presents “Torn from the Headlines” by Jennifer Nelson. “Nap Does Simple Blues” goes on tour in Prince George’s County. Presents “The Weight of Being Black” Takes part in Nat’l. Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC 1997 “Everlasting Arms” by Rebecca Rice. “The Hip Hop Nightmares,” with Toni Blackmon and Psalmayene 24. 1998 “Hecuba” 1999 “Hecuba.” Actco presents the Hip=Hop Festival, The Century Project 2000 “The Century Project.” “The 13th Summer of William and Pilar”, “Spunk.” 2001 “Gris Gris.".“Buffalo Hair”, “Chain” 2002 “Personal History”, “Waiting to be Invited” “From the Mississippi Delta”, “Wedding Dance” 2003 Fresh Flavas New Play Development program created. “Blood Knot.”, “Amen Corner.” “A Monday Night with Bess & Tess.” “Joe Turner’s Come & Gone.” 2004 “Hubert & Charlie”, “A Lesson Before Dying” “Two Trains Running", “Pecan Tan” ACTCo Honors 2005 “Pretty Fire.” “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda” Fresh Flavas presents a staged reading of “Draft Day” and “Kingdom.” 2006 “The Story”, “The Gingham Dog” “A Raisin in the Sun”, “The Oracle” 2007 “The Piano Lesson” – co-production with the University of Maryland “Jitney” – co-production with Ford’s Theater 2008 “Intimate Apparel.” Fresh Flavas readings – Holly Down in Heaven, 24, 7, 365, Soft Escape Poets on Stage, Guest: Abiodun Oyewole, Last Poet King of my Kingdom symposium, “Blue Door” Off-the-Circuit performance ensemble created 2009 Fresh Flavas readings – The Montford Point Marine, Uns, Level to the Ground Special Guest: Samm-Art Williams The 1940s Cabaret Julia Sings Gospel with Julia Nixon and David Ylvisaker “The Old Settler.” Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, an evening with Pearl Cleage

6: 2010 Fresh Flavas readings--The Emcee Inquisition, The Unspoken Said, and Mirandy and Brother Wind Special Guest: P.J. Gibson Theater symposium on 1930s Harlem at Unity of WDC. “Blues for an Alabama Sky” “The Mojo and the Sayso” “Mirandy and Brother Wind” at Glen Echo Park and the Atlas PAC’s Intersections Festival Co-production with Adventure Theater “Blues for an Alabama Sky” at the Atlas PAC Off the Circuit Performance Ensemble - performs and presents workshops for the Environmental Protection Agency, Nat’l Park Service, Nat’l Geographic’s (America I Am exhibition) and for the H Street NE corridor’s organizations (STRIVE DC, Delta Towers and Capitol Hill Towers) 2011 Fresh Flavas readings—The Contract, The Rest of Me, Day of Atonement Special Guest: Eugene Lee 20th Anniversary Celebration! “The Legend of Buster Neal” | 1st Showcase - 1990 Tony Powell Dancers

7: Production Personnel over the years | Monday Night with Bess & Tess | The Story | Poets on Stage | A Lesson Before Dying

9: Co'san Drum Ensemble

13: Nap Turner and Louis Jones in Nap Does Simple's Blues - 1995 | As You Like it a co-production with the Washington Shakespeare Company 2000 | Hecuba - 1998

14: Spunk - 2000 | Gris Gris - 2000

15: Waiting to be Invited - 2002 | From the Mississippi Delta - 2002 | Wedding Dance - 2002

16: A Monday with Bess & Tess 2003 | Two Trains Running - 2004 | Wedding Dance 2002 | 2002 | 2003

17: Hubert & Charlie - 2004 | Pecan Tan - 2004 | A Lesson Before Dying - 2004 | Pretty Fire - 2005 | I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda ' 2005

18: the Oracle - 2006 | Piano Lesson - 2007 | Kingdom - 2005 | The Story - 2006 | The Gingham Dog - 2006 | A Raisin in the Sun - 2006

19: 2008 | Intimate Apparel - 2008 | 2007 | Samm-Art Williams - 2009

20: The Old Settler - 2010 | Pearl Cleage - 2010

21: The Mojo and the Sayso | Blues for an Alabama Sky - 2011

22: To all the performers, designers, technicians, crew and all supporters. Former Organization Leaders John “Moe” Moore Jennifer Nelson Imani Drayton-Hill David Charles Goyette Melvin Gerald Special thanks to Renee Littleton, Jacqueline Lawton, Rebecca Sullesta Board Members (current and former) Also chairs, Rubie G. Coles Ivan Fitzgerald William “Butcher” Roberts James Larry Frazier Artist Team Members Walter Dallas Andrea Frye Scot Reese Shirley Basfield-Dunlap Caleen Sinnette Jennings Our Friends Who Made Their Transition Rusty Claus Kenneth Daugherty Mike Malone Rick McNair Henri Edmonds Rebecca Rice Joy Michelle Stone Vantile (Motojicho) Whitfield Photo and Graphic Artists There would not be legacy without your images that preserved the art. Alex Jackson Cliff Russell Valerie Russell Sharon Farmer John Woo Walter Dallas Doug Brown Sandra Barton-Maddox Orma Design Studio Tony Starnes Long-time Supporters Meyer Foundation Cafritz Foundation MARPAT D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities All the many, many individual contributors that stand beside us still. (We ask forgiveness for any one who is unknown and is not acknowledged.) Sincerely, JoAnn M. Williams - Executive Director November 2011

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