Chicago's New Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center Announces Grand Opening Events.

Chicago's New Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center Announces Grand Opening Events.
The new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center under construction.

Chicago, Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The long-awaited opening of the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center at 4450 N. Clark Street is less than a month away. Since the start of their capital campaign back in 2006, this day has been highly anticipated. Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor said she expects the "facility to become a national landmark that will ignite excitement across the country.”

Inaugural weekend will kick off on Friday, November 18, 2011 with a Grand Opening Celebration hosted by Governor Pat Quinn at 7p.m. Following the ceremony, attendees will assemble in the main theater for a preview performance of  “The Jackie Wilson Story” followed by a special reception with Jackie Taylor and the cast of the play.

Other activities for the weekend include an Open House on Saturday, November 19 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. where community members are invited to explore the new center.  The second preview performance of "The Jackie Wilson Story" will take place that evening at 8p.m., followed by an after party with food, dancing and mingling with Jackie Taylor and the cast.

On Sunday, November 20 there will be brunch specials in the neighborhood for Black Ensemble Theater patrons before the official press opening at 3p.m.

Performances will continue Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8p.m.; Saturdays at 3p.m. and 8p.m.; and Sundays at 3p.m.  All seating is reserved.

Ticket information for Inaugural Weekend Events.

Ticket prices for the Grand Opening celebration on Friday, November 18, which includes the reception, preview performance and after party, are $300. Ticket prices for the Official Press Opening are $65.00 and the after party is an additional $20.  Tickets are available by phone at 773 769 4451.  All performances will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. Valet parking is available.

About the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center.

The new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center will be able to accommodate larger-scale productions, bigger audiences and a wider range of educational programming than the former space. The new facility will include amenities such as a 299-seat main stage theater; a 150-seat stage to serve as an experimental stage featuring the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI); 14 offices, classroom space; rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; rehearsal room for musicians; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage.

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