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Soul Rep Kicks Off First Season in a Decade with New Play Festival

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DSN Newswire Soul Rep Theatre Company, Dallas’ celebrated professional African American theater company, will kick off its first season in a decade with its 8th Annual New Play Festival featuring four dynamic short plays ranging from a historical drama, dark comedies, to an absurd piece. The festival will run July 31st through August 3rd at the Margo Jones Theater, located in Fair Park, adjacent to the African American Museum.
“We’re so excited to revisit our signature event ten years later,” says Guinea Bennett-Price, co-founder and Artistic Director. “As a company, we are exploring our craft through these new works as actors, directors, and playwrights and are ready to share with the community.”
The four plays include “Breakfast”, a dark comedy by New York playwright Yusef Miller, featuring Mrs. Bennett-Price and Jamal Sterling, directed by Anyika McMillan-Herod; “Wonderful World”, an absurd piece by Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton, featuring Monique Williams, LaHunter- Smith, Michele Rene, and Douglas Carter, directed by Lisa Whitfield; “The Ballad of Jane Elkins”, a historical drama by McMillan-Herod, starring recent SMU graduate, Mia Antoinette, and David Benn, directed by veteran actress Vickie Washington; and “When Going Green Goes (#%@!)”, a comedy written and directed by Guinea and Keith Price, featuring Douglas Carter, Yolanda Davis, and newcomer, Patricia Hill.
“When Going Green Goes (#%@!)” humorously explores the do’s and don’ts and ends and outs of recycling. In BREAKFAST, a married couple deals with their big and small issues over breakfast. WONDERFUL WORLD, a “ghetto fabulous” absurd play, transports the audience from a dark road outside Grapevine to another world, complete with aliens. Based on the true story of the first legal hanging in Dallas, THE BALLAD OF JANE ELKINS is a compelling telling of Jane Elkins, a slave girl hung for killing Mr. Wisdom, a widowed man from Farmers Branch, in 1853.
The New Play Festival will run at The Margo Jones Theater in Fair Park Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1st at 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 2nd at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 3rd at 2 pm. Tickets are $20. Parking is FREE. A Sousu Pop Up Market, complete with vendors, will be set up during the run of the festival and will feature organic foods, art, and more.

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