Dear ATHE Colleagues,
I’m looking forward to gathering with all of you very soon! Because this event would not have been listed with other programming previews you’ve received, I just wanted to call special attention to an exciting all-conference performance we have added to the ATHE 2016 schedule. Come join us in the Grand Ballroom AFTER the Thursday night opening reception for this event, jointly hosted by ATHE and Black Theatre Network in celebration of their continued relationship and shared 30th anniversary. Feel free to bring your glass of wine from the reception over to the performance!
Both this Thursday night event and our Friday night performance/staged reading event with Naomi Wallace are open to all ATHE attendees, free of additional charge.
All my best,
VP Conference 2016
Thursday Late-Night Concert Event
"Colored Love Comes in Many Rhythms"
Ntozake Shange and Kahil El’Zabar in Concert
Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM
Ntozake Shange, one of America's greatest living
writers—has given voice to, and embodied, the ongoing
struggle of Black and all other women for equality,
dignity, and respect as well as the recognition of their
enormous contribution to human culture.
In 2016, her best-known theatre piece, for colored girls
who have considered suicide/ when the Rainbow Is enuf
will mark the 40th Anniversary of its stunningly successful,
2 ½ year run on Broadway beginning September, 1976.
for colored girls... remains in continuous print since its
publication in 1974, was made into a motion picture by
Tyler Perry in 2010, is a staple in the required reading lists
of many major school districts, colleges and universities.
The play has been recognized by America’s largest dramatic publisher, Samuel French & Co., as
one of its most-produced titles, nationally, in 2015.
Ntozake is involved in new productions of her work Lost in Language and Sound ---presented
at 651 Arts Center, NYC and Karamu House, Cleveland in 2015--- and an, as yet untitled, longform,
music and poetry “song–cycle” for concert presentation in collaboration with famed jazz
instrumentalist, Craig Harris. Dr. Shange has been named the 2016 Langston Hughes Medalist,
to be conferred in a day-long conference on her work at the City University of NY and a tribute
concert in November of this year.
Dr. Shange is engaged in an ongoing schedule of lectures, residencies, and spoken-word
performances for which she is available through Global Artists Management of NY, Inc.; 732-991-
Internationally renowned percussionist and composer
Kahil El'Zabar, considered one of the most prolific
jazz innovators of his generation, has not only played
alongside a myriad of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie
and Cannonball Adderly, but was in the bands of Stevie
Wonder, Nina Simone and Paul Simon, as well as
recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog
Pondering and heading up the jazz/house outfit, JUBA
Kahil El'Zabar was born in Chicago, went to KennedyKing
College and later to Malcolm X and Lake Forest
colleges. In 1973 while attending Lake Forest College,
he joined Chicago's Association for the Advancement
of Creative Musicians (AACM), and by 1975 he was
chairman of the organization. El'Zabar was chosen to do
the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King, he has published a book of poetry,
Mis'taken Brilliance and from 1996 to 1999, organized Traffic at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
In 1991, El'Zabar was commissioned by Germany's Leverkusen Jazz Festival to present a 20 year
retrospective of his work, which showcased Orchestra Infinity - a 25-piece big band formed several
El'Zabar has served as an associate professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the
University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been on the boards of several organizations, including
serving as the chairman of The Sun Drummer, the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression
and the National Task Force of Arts Presenting in Education. El'Zabar lives in Chicago. He has six