Celebrating the Voices of Black Playwrights

OnyxFest is Indiana’s first and only theater festival dedicated to the stories of Black playwrights. Presented by the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.), IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and IUPUI Office of Community Engagement in partnership with IndyFringe. 


OnyxFest is proud to present five never-produced one-act plays at this year’s festival. OnyxFest 2023 will take place between November 3-12, 2023. Productions will be staged November 3-5 at the IndyFringe Basile Theater and November 10-12 at Crispus Attucks Auditorium.


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For more information about OnyxFest, please visit: www.onyxfest.com

2023 OnyxFest Plays

OnyxFest 2023 Performances

5 Moods for Black Anguish - Our deities speak to our pain and glory

OnyxFest 2023 – 5 Moods for Black Anguish

An awe-inspiring theatrical masterpiece using drama, prose, poetry, and spiritual expression, written and directed by Josiah Ray McCruiston
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Babe - Written by Delores Thornton, Directed by Delores Thornton and Trease Sears

OnyxFest 2023 – Babe by Delores Thornton

A cogent story which explains how the protagonist overcomes deep seated issue. This brand new play is written and directed by Delores Thornton who starred as Mari Evans in 2022's hit play, Black is my Color.
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Right Behind You - Written by D.L. Patrick, Directed by Megan Simonton

OnyxFest 2023 – Right Behind You, a Caregiving Story

Three generations deal with rising family conflict as their matriarch battles COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic. This dramedy is written by award-winning playwright, D.L. Patrick and directed by Megan Simonton.
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The Heart of a Man: Written by Ardre Orie, Directed by Rasheda Randle

OnyxFest 2023 – The Heart of a Man

Men are often seen but not heard until now, in this brand new drama written by Ardre Orie and directed by Rasheda Randle
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Tigonie - Written by Levi Frazier Jr. Directed by Lawrence Blackwell

OnyxFest 2023 – TIGONIE by Levi Frazier Jr.

A "changed" man's sordid past comes back to haunt him unexpectedly after 30 years of bliss in this world-premier drama from Levi Frazier Jr.
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