2 Upcoming Plays Offer Inspiration, Build Awareness

Two Weekend Plays show different perspectives by African
American playwrites but both aim to entertain and enlighten.

"The Ideal Husband" written and directed by popular playwrite John Ruffin (Jan 21st and 22nd at the Harold Washington Cultural Center). Explores "when happily ever after takes a wrong turn" . Traditional questions of marriage, and finding that "ideal" mate. Chicago native Ruffin has directed some 10 plus plays ranging from gospel to Shakespearian and looks to move , motivate and inspire his audiences with each performance.

"An Ideal Husband Stars" former "Cosby Show" and "Martin" regular Carl Payne and R &B songstress Shirley Murdock

The second play this weekend takes on a more serious topic HIV infection . The production of"My Sista I'm Sorry" (January 22nd at IIT's Herman Hall) will also provide information on confidential HIV Testing locations and a portion of the play's proceeds will go toward HIV awareness and testing resources. The play was written by author Shywanee Manson and is her second production. The first "Apology" based on her book of the same title played to a sold out crowd a year ago. Ms. Manson when asked what she wanted people to take from the play said:
'My Sista', I'm Sorry is more than just an awareness stage play. It is also a play to help you reconfirm self-love and to always be careful with the choices you make in life! I, too, get chills from watching this story, notwithstanding that I'm the writer. I am just so excited to have a play full of laughter, drama and education all wrapped into one production."

Two plays and two great choices for the coming weekend in Chicago.

For more information on "The Ideal Husband" visit www.johnruffin.com

For more information on "My Sista I'm Sorry" visit www.shyfoxbooks.com

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