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Five reasons to experience theatre production, 'Portraits In Black'

11.18.2020 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
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Theatre Wesleyan will present Portraits In Black from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Thad Smotherman Theatre. The show will also be available to live stream by special arrangement with the playwright and publisher.

Here are five reasons to see the upcoming play:

1. Support BIPOC students

The show features five theatre majors who will present playwright Gus Edwards' monologues and scenes on the Black experience. Junior theatre major and cast member Julissa Norment has contributed additional material that will be included in the show. This show shares real stories and perspectives with the audience that are unique to Black people living in America today.

2. Everyone, including the actors, will be socially distant

Theatre Wesleyan will spend each evening before the show pre-assigning audience seats to provide enough distance between seats for tickets that were purchased in advance. To keep everyone safe, audience members will be required to wear a mask during the entirety of the performance, which runs around 70 minutes without an intermission. 

3. Experience a live event

With the current conditions, live in-person events have been scarce. If you feel comfortable enough to join us, we would be delighted to have you! Enjoy a night of live theatre either indoors at the Thad Smotherman Theatre or via live stream. More information can be found on the Box Office page of our website. Tickets are $5 for the general public and the Texas Wesleyan community of faculty, staff, alumni and students. It is recommended that everyone reserve a ticket in advance by going online to

4. Diversity & Inclusion initiative

This production is being presented in support of the Texas Wesleyan Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Texas Wesleyan is committed to providing its students and employees with the opportunity to live, learn and work in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment. Thanks to the Claudia Stepp Guest Artist Endowment, director Joe Brown recruited D. Wambui Richardson from Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre to serve as the cultural and artistic advisor during the rehearsal and production process.

5. This show concludes Six Plays At Six Feet

Our theatre majors have spent countless hours this semester working on the challenge of producing six theatre productions during the pandemic.  Portraits In Black wraps up a successful semester for the students who were able to not only provide live entertainment for audiences, but utilize their talents and skills to ensure that "the show must go on."

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., then Sunday at 2:00 p.m. both in-person and via live stream.

For more information about the show, and to purchase tickets, please visit Theatre Wesleyan website.

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