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February 1, 2019

Ebony Theatre hosts First Friday

Submitted by Emily Trube

Join K-State's Ebony Theatre as they host the first First Friday gathering of the semester at 6 pm. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Sandy Chastan Lobby of the Purple Masque Theatre in West Memorial Stadium. A stage reading of the Broadway play "Stick Fly" by Lydia R. Diamond will follow.

First Friday is free monthly arts-infused social gathering that provides a variety of student performers of color a chance to share their work while attendees gather for conversation and refreshments. As part of Black History Month and MLK Observance Week, this Friday's First Friday will include an open mic for creative students who would like to speak or present a story, poem, or song about the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or how black history resonates on a personal, social, and/or cultural level. 

After this event, at 7:30 p.m., the stage reading of "Stick Fly" by Lydia R. Diamond will be performed in the Purple Masque Theatre. Admission to the reading is free, but reservations are encouraged

"Stick Fly" is a dramatic comedy that tells the story of the LeVay family. The affluent African-American family is gathering at their Martha's Vineyard home for the weekend, and long-standing family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.

Ebony Theatre was established in 1977 on the K-State campus with the mission of featuring the work of African-American playwrights and producing pieces that focus on the black experience in America.