#Chicago Congo Square Theater Company Announces New Dates For Festival On The Square







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Congo Square Theatre Company Announces New Dates for
Festival On The Square

Company to refocus energies on fundraising and spring premiere production

            Chicago – February 2012   Congo Square Theatre Company today announced the decision to reschedule its 2nd annual Festival on the Square. The festival, a series of multimedia experiences featuring film, music and dance, is a collaborative effort and the brainchild of Artistic Director, Daniel Bryant, is set to be presented during the month of June, 2012. The company is refocusing its energies toward fundraising efforts, and preparation for this spring’s World Premiere production of Bulrusher. 

After an overwhelmingly successful season that saw acclaim and award-winning success for Brothers of the Dust, and a stellar holiday season for the annual production of The Nativity at the Goodman Theater, the company was challenged to make the best decision regarding their faithful patronage. “Summer is the apex of life in Chicago, and we feel strongly that rescheduling Festival on the Square will allow us to create a more robust presentation, and stay true to the essence of  what Chicago’s cultural landscape truly is during that time,” says Bryant.

Leadership at Congo Square Theater also assessed the array of activities taking place to honor Black History Month, and noted that February stretches the abilities and resources available for the company’s artistic partners to fully participate at this time of year. The company looks forward to placing a full focus on its fundraising efforts throughout the spring, a successful premiere for Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher, and a richer theater experience that all can celebrate this summer in Chicago.  Congo Square Theater Company looks forward to announcing its fundraising program within the coming weeks.
About Festival on the Square:
Conceived in 2010, Festival on the Square is an annual event honoring the original Congo Square and the legacy of
the weekend gatherings among people of color in New Orleans. Congo Square was the market place for diverse
people of color to commune through music and dance, to enjoy the cultures of their homeland. Congo Square Theater
aims to create an annual event that encourages artists and organizations to come together to relish the cultural expression
of those times through the arts.
About Bulrusher:
Spring/Summer 2012 culminates the season’s powerful theme: Presence, Power, Perspective: Honoring the Black Woman with the production of Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher, directed by Congo Square Ensemble member, TaRon Patton. Bulrusher, a 2007 finalist for a Pulitzer prize, tells the story of a clairvoyant orphan in the 1950s, whose exposure to the tribulations of the civil rights movement as she embarks upon on a journey of self-discovery, threatens to shatter the foundation of all she knows.
About the Company:
Congo Square Theater Company is an ensemble-based entity that seeks to broaden the scope of the theater-going experience. The ensemble’s effort matches education and the performances of productions that push the envelope in the telling of the diverse stories from within the African Diaspora – that ultimately resonate throughout humanity.  Congo Square was founded in 1999 by two talented and determined theater artists with a commitment to artistic excellence.
For more on Congo Square Theatre Company – visit http://www.congosquaretheatre.org and follow them on Twitter – @CongoSquareChi

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