'BEING BLACK'

Vernon A. Williams - “Being Black”

“OnyxFest 2020 is the perfect complement to a massive global transition, as it uses theatre to refine critical messages of change; giving voice to those who for too long have been invisible on the stage of our fragmented society.” Vernon A. Williams, “Being Black”

Vernon A. Williams is celebrating his 40th year as a playwright. His first work, “Whatever Happened to Blackness,” in 1980 was staged by the Gary Creative Theater Ensemble. Williams later co-founded the William Marshall Players in Gary IN.
After moving to Indianapolis IN 2001 Williams produced “sonnets for my sistahs,” – from his book of the same title – an intimate collection of vignettes depicting seldom-heard heartfelt expressions of men to women. The production premiered at the Madam C.J. Walker Theater and toured throughout the state.
Williams staged productions include “Playin’ for Keeps,” a talk-show setting for relationship dialogue; “A Woman’s Place”following five college girls’ evolution over the next two decades after graduation; “True Colors” which examined reactions to the election of the nation’s first Black president; and “The Divine Nine,” offering a glimpse into dynamics of Black fraternities and sororities.
In 2019, Williams wrote, produced. and directed “The Price of Progress: The Indiana Avenue/IUPUI Story.” The play created candid examinations of the controversial transformation of the once predominantly African American Indiana Avenue-Ransom Place District to a premier urban campus. His most recent play - a response to the most compelling social challenge in the nation - is entitled, “Being Black.”

“Being Black” premiering at OnyxFest is an unapologetically candid expression of the multi-faceted dimensions of a people in constant evolution. It is the rejection of any attempt to reduce to a monolith a culture layered in authenticity, character, depth and resourcefulness. “Being Black” is a soulful sojourn into spiritual intellectualism.

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A soulful sojourn into myriad layers of the Black experience.
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Writer: VERNON WILLIAMS
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$20.00

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A soulful sojourn into myriad layers of the Black experience.
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ON THE CORNER

Michael Florence - “On The Corner”
“It’s about validation and realization. The validation that comes from having my work performed; and the realization of seeing my words come to life.”
Michael Florence - “On the Corner”

Michael Florence is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, IN. Several years ago, he had the idea to write a One Act Play. His thought process was “maybe I could bring my novel to life” and have a better chance of telling a good story. To date, he has written two one act plays, “On the Corner” and “Understanding Tony.”
Florence is also an avid photographer for weddings, portraits, and other special events. He regularly contributes “volunteer photography” to the American Diabetes Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. http://michaelflorencephotography.com.
Florence has worked as a Lease Accounting Specialist for Simon Property Group over 21 years. He is a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Black MBA Association - an association of Blacks with master’s degrees in business and related disciplines.
Florence received an associate degree in accounting from Ivy Tech in 1983; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1993 and master’s degree in business administration in 1997 from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Florence attends St. Joan of Arc Church and is the proud father of a son Richard 33, a daughter Danielle 30 and “youthful” grandfather to 12-year-old, Nyla Renee; 10-year-old Victoria Amari and 2-year-old Olivia Danielle.

“ON THE CORNER” chronicles the last days of three adjacent inmates in a maximum-security prison on death row. The characters come from different backgrounds, but are about to meet a common fate, execution at the hands of the state. They have come to accept their sentences in their own ways.

• Directed by Edric Mitchell
• Theater: Indy Eleven Theatre
• Schedule:
o Saturday, October 3, 2020 7:30 p.m.
o Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:00 p.m.
o Sunday, October 11, 2020 2:00 p.m.
• Performed by KJ Dennis, Matias Gonzalez, and Deont'a Starks

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"It's about validation and realization"
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Writer: Michael Florence
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