A few years ago the folks at IndyFringe were bothered by the lack of African-American representation in the theater world. Nationally, African-American playwrights were writing a very small percentage of plays. And this lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience was evident. Knowing they needed to do something about this issue, the nonprofit arts organization decided to start a festival that would provide the playwrights with an outlet.
Now through May 24th, the fourth annual OnyxFest will again feature a lineup of original theater works written by African-Americans, continuing forward with IndyFringe’s goal of diversifying the current theatrical landscape. Over the past three years, the festival has featured works from nine different playwrights, with some of these eventually going on to be produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Cincinnati.
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Deborah Asante and Arttacgo Luckett both have plays in this year's OnyxFest.
In fact, Nicole Kearney’s production titled re-Entry from 2012 even went on to become part of an actual re-entry program put together by the Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility.
Featuring four new works, this year’s OnyxFest will take place at both the IndyFringe Basile Theatre and the Indy Eleven Theatre. To find out additional details about the performances, visit the IndyFringe website.