OnyxFest

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, IU School of Education at IUPUI, and IUPUI Office of Community Engagement in partnership with IndyFringe.

OnyxFest is proud to present six never-produced one-act plays at this year’s festival.

The first week’s productions will be at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre (November 3-6) and the second week at the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre (November 10-12).

Fall Schedule - IndyFringe
Fall Schedule - IUPUI Campus Center Theatre

OnyxFest Fall 2022 Performances​

Playwright Celeste Williams and poet Mari Evans

“Black is My Color” The Ethos of Mari Evans by Celeste Williams

Two women of different generations explore the experience of being a black woman through the words and wisdom of Mari Evans.

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Vernon A. Williams - playwright

A Noise in the Attic by Vernon A. Williams

A suburban housewife struggles with a husband who is only married to his career… but something magical happens when she is asked to put an end to the annoying noise in the attic.

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Homeless: Grateful for any help - the headshot of Michael Florence

Houseless not Homeless by Michael Florence

Houseless not Homeless follows the stories of five ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances, how they became houseless, and the trials and celebrations of their every-day lives.

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Playwright Charla Booth and the Heart of Africa

Majesties by Charla Booth

Three Black women, each from a different generation, must face the realities of their lives as they journey towards healing from trauma.

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Black Power and a Collage of Black Voices

Police State by Rain Wilson

Amadi, an unarmed black man, loses his life at the hands of a white cop, an act that galvanizes the community and takes his family on a journey that threatens to tear apart the love that held them together.

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A silver mask and a ballot box set the mood of Gabrielle Patterson's "Your Love Will Be Judged."

Your Love Will Be Judged by Gabrielle Patterson

Six jurors residing in a world where divorce is only an option if a jury of your peers says so is quite the challenge when everyone has vastly different opinions about love and marriage.

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