Artists’ Ensemble receives grants for 2015 productions

Staff Report

Rockford’s Artists’ Ensemble Theater has been awarded two grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois — $2,500 from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund for the production of Araminta — The Story of Harriet Tubman, and $1,000 from the Community Arts and Humanities Fund for the production of Good People.

Araminta — The Story of Harriet Tubman is an original musical that tells the inspiring real-life story of Harriet Tubman, and will be performed at the Sinnissippi Band Shell Aug. 19, 2015.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom. Written by local playwright and educator Darcy Hill and co-directed by Darcy Hill and Dorothy Paige-Turner, this will be a huge event involving approximately 80 children in the cast with affiliated events at numerous local organizations.

Good People is the fascinating and thought-provoking new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire that will be performed March 13-29, 2015, in the Cheek Theater on the Rockford University campus.

This is the story of Margie Walsh, who has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie hopes an old flame who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Good People is sponsored by the Rockford Housing Authority and features Ensemble members Linda Abronski and Stephen F. Vrtol.

Artists’ Ensemble Theater, celebrating its 11th season, is the professional theater in residence at Rockford University and is the only resident professional theater in the area.

From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue

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