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Co-Playwright for Foster School: A Living History, Kenya Ann Hall reflects on why this project matters.

About Community Partners

Mudlark invites interested Community Partners, including individuals, to join us in the creation of this original work devised from stories of Evanston residents. Donations from Community Partners serve as production sponsorship.

BENEFITS OF PRODUCTION SPONSORSHIP:

  • Featured in press releases, and listed on show poster, website, and other promotional materials.

  • Opportunity to purchase group tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

  • Recognition at post show talkbacks and offstage exhibits.

  • Access to photos and videos of the rehearsal and production process.

FOSTER SCHOOL: A LIVING HISTORY

Mudlark Theater and its community partners are collaborating on a new play that will follow the lives of students during the desegregation of Evanston public schools. Specifically, it will chronicle the loss of Foster School, the district’s only all-black school, which was closed in 1976. The loss of this community cornerstone impacted the life of the neighborhood in ways that residents are still grappling with today. In bringing history to life, the play will ask difficult questions about our society today—and whether our nation’s public schools are any closer to racial equity now than they were then.

To conduct research for the show, Mudlark is partnering with Shorefront, a historical center that chronicles the black experience on Chicago’s North Shore. Our playwrights, Kenya Ann Hall and Dru Smith, will explore Shorefront’s archives and conduct interviews with former Foster School students, parents, and teachers. The majority-black cast will combine youth actors from Mudlark and The Art of Evolution, a local theater company and enrichment program for children of color. The cast will also include a few professional adult actors to play teachers and parents. 

Courtesy, Shorefront photographic archives

Courtesy, Shorefront photographic archives

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about the artists

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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

INDIVIDUAL DONORS ORGANIZATIONS & GROUPS

Katey Berg Evanston Community Foundation

Nicole Davies Freise Builders

Sally & James Iberg Foundation 65

Jennifer & Adam Jaffe Sweers' Fund for Children and the Arts

Stephanie Layden Weisblat Family Fund

Elisa Lindstrom

Gail & Peter Lobin

Linda Martin

Ruth & Paul McMahon

Kathy McGroarty-Torres

Christine Mendoza

Kendra Morrill

Ann & Joseph Settimi

Sherry Thomas Locke

Elizabeth & Aaron Van Nice

Suzanne Whiting

FOR MORE INFORMATION about supporting this project, PLEASE CONTACT:

Daisy Copeland, Development Director | Email: daisy@mudlarktheater.org | Phone: (847) 448-0708

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Casting for Foster School is not part of our general auditions. If you are interested in learning more about how to be considered for Foster School, email Krista (krista@mudlarktheater).

Foster School Auditions

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