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Datebook: Coalescence Theatre Project presents 'Black Lives Black Words Showcase'

It's a digital showcase for the Black Lives Black Words International and Coalescence Theatre Project.

The Bloomington-based Coalescence Theatre Project in partnership with Black Lives Black Words International will host a digital showcase during the last two weekends of October.

Filled with poetry, dance, music and highlighting five 10-minute plays, the Central Illinois Black Lives Black Words Showcase will feature Black playwrights, directors and talent from all over the country touching on the question, “Do Black lives really matter?”

“I just wanted to showcase Black art authentically,” said curator Katharyn D. Brown. And after calling for submissions for the showcase, she said “the theme kind of created itself.”

When asked if a non-Black person could relate to the pieces in the showcase, Brown responded, “It will be point of education … it’s going to be an intimate invitation into challenging your perspective and point of view if you are not Black.”

Touching on censorship and identity to education and hair, the Black Lives Black Words showcase “invites you to get uncomfortable if you need to," but in order to heal, these conversations need to be had, says Brown.

More information and tickets for this enlightening digital showcase can be found online.

Ariele Jones is WGLT's assistant program director and host of Morning Edition, Highway 309, and Center Stage.