The Black Social Network Play takes place TONIGHT at Chicago State University’s Breakey Theatre at 7:00 pm. Free Admission
By Sarni Jay
What happens when the carefully constructed worlds that people build up come crashing down?
The dynamic stageplay The Black Social Network explores this very issue. The play is part satire, part soap opera, and part social commentary. It takes a view into the lives of publicist Eva James, who clings to the old ways of communication, and Jasmine, who clings to her self-proclaimed boyfriend. Eva is a powerful public relations professional with an ego as large as her Rolodex. She refuses to expand with the times and accept social media as a viable form of connection. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Jasmine whose entire life is dictated by social media.
Marisa Baldwin Woodhouse plays social media addict Jasmine. No stranger to the entertainment business, Marisa has been blessed in this business since making her film debut in 1997’s “Love Jones.” She is extremely excited to be the newest cast member of the “Black Social Network.” Currently, Marisa has three commercials running, has been on tour with the highly acclaimed “Penis Monologues” and has a few upcoming films. She looks forward to new projects.
Woodhouse’s exuberant energy comes across in the role of Jasmine. She feels an integral message in the play is that social media can either build your reputation or break it, depending on what people say about you.
The lead role of Eva James is played by real life WGCI on air personality and actress Demi Lobo. “I’m the exact opposite of my character,” she added. “Eva James tears everyone down.”
Eva is a force to be reckoned with but meets her match in the character, Harold. Harold Finney, played by actor Simeon Henderson, gives Eva a taste of her own medicine in one of the most highly charged scenes in the play.
Simeon Henderson is a Union (SAG/AFTRA) actor out of Chicago/L.A., who has been performing onstage, in film and T.V. for the last 10 years. Simeon has won awards for Best Actor in “A Cutting Edge,” drama at the SBFF. He has appeared in The Hit T.V. series “Chicago Fire,” “Boss,” and several feature films that have received national distribution and critical acclaim.
The star ensemble cast includes Lamar Barnes, Caneil (Chill) Oliver, Thea Camara, Shettima Webb; Cabryl Breotti and Lydia Katherine. View the Playbill here.
Christopher Nolen is the director of the play. Christopher Nolen founded NFERNO PRODUCTIONS in 1998 and just wrapped “72 Hours.” Other projects include feature-length films, “Deep Passion,” “Subtle Seduction,” “The Good Life,” and “Four Seasons.” Nolen’s “Subtle Seduction” won Best Urban Thriller at the New York Independent International Film Festival. “The Good Life,” featured at Pan African Film Festival in LA, aired on BET.
Zondra Hughes is the Executive Director.
The Black Social Network opened at The Producers Club in New York during Social Media Week NYC. Through a grant from General Motors, the production has toured several cities nationwide: New York, Houston, Detroit and will end in Atlanta.
To learn more about the Black Social Network visit www.facebook.com/BlackSocialNetwork. Join the conversation across social media platforms by using the hashtag #BlackSocialNetwork.