M En­sem­ble pro­duces Au­gust Wil­son’s ‘Seven Gui­tars’

M EN­SEM­BLE PRO­DUCES AU­GUST WIL­SON’S

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI – Com­ing off its record­break­ing Car­bonell Awards sea­son, the M En­sem­ble is mov­ing for­ward with an­other pro­duc­tion. This time, it’s “Seven Gui­tars,” a play by Amer­i­can play­wright Au­gust Wil­son that fo­cuses on seven African-Amer­i­can char­ac­ters in the year 1948. Par t mur­der mys­tery, part mem­ory play, it de­picts the events lead­ing up to the un­timely death of Floyd “School­boy” Bar ton, a gif ted blues gui­tarist. Di­rected by Low­ell Wil­liams and staged at the San­drell Rivers The­ater, the pro­duc­tion kicked off last week and runs through June 24.

Founded in 1971, the M En­sem­ble is Florida’s old­est sur­viv­ing Black The­atre group. It was launched on cam­pus at the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami by the late T.G. Cooper, who later be­came the chair­man of the The­atre Depart­ment at Howard Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Theodore G. Cooper was a pro­ducer, di­rec­tor, ed­u­ca­tor, writer, ac­tor and founder of The M En­sem­ble Com­pany. “T.G.”as he pre­ferred to be called, was a pro­fes­sor of Drama at Howard Uni­ver­sity for twenty years to chair the Uni­ver­sity drama depart­ment. For group rates and reser­va­tion, call box of­fice at 786-320-5986.

PHOTO COURTESY OF M EN­SEM­BLE

The award-win­ning the­atre group is stag­ing one of Au­gust Wil­son's pro­lific works.

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