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 SEASON 32 

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Blackademics

October 6 - November 19, 2023

There’s something strange about this trendy new restaurant. When Ann and Rachelle meet there for dinner, there’s already tension in the friendship they’ve built on their common experience navigating academia as Black women. At first it’s easy to overlook odd things, but as the hunger sets in, the two professors find themselves the unknowing stars of an absurdist dinner theater performance of Black plight. A sharp, surreal satire about who gets a place at the table.

Tad in 5th City

January 19 - March 3, 2023

After the assassination of Dr. King, violence erupted on Chicago’s west side. This traumatic moment changed the landscape of the city and an entire generation. A generation of young men and women who “watched the genesis of the ghetto sphere.” Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Tad Brown, Tad in 5th City explores his daily life in the aftermath of those riots, chronicling Tad’s journey as he navigates a post-rioting city amidst the effects of gang violence, poverty and addiction.

Warm on the Coolin'Board

April 19 - June 2, 2024

Everybody has a plan, and Day is no exception. He has a plan for his baby brother Brian. Trouble is - Brian is off plan. He's taking a break from college and picking up the family business, stripping the Roseland community to the bone. This decaying community is being pillaged by its own inhabitants, its politicians, and its few remaining businesses. As Day and Brian work to find their place in a community that is literally being picked clean, they struggle to come to grips with whether they are hastening the process, or part of the restoration.

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