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.
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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
Gail & Peter Lobin
Ruth & Paul McMahon
Ann & Joseph Settimi
Sherry Thomas Locke
Elizabeth & Aaron Van Nice
FOR MORE INFORMATION about supporting this project, PLEASE CONTACT:
Daisy Copeland, Development Director | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (847) 448-0708
EXPLORE THE Foster School, Then & Now:
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).