IndyFringe Onyx Fest

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339 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Downtown | Mass Ave


May 12 to May 21

Presented by IndyFringe and featuring 4 playwrights selected by a jury process.

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson said, “I believe in the American theatre. I believe in its power to inform about the human condition, its power to heal…” He spent a lifetime trying to, as he put it, “raise consciousness through theater” and appreciate “the poetry in the everyday language of black America.” Established in 2011, OnyxFest carries on Wilson’s legacy as the first and only festival in Indianapolis dedicated to the stories of African-American playwrights.

A recent survey reveals the number of productions written by African Americans in a single year is as low as five percent.* IndyFringe recognizes this lack of diversity and seeks to change the landscape of local theatre by bringing together storytellers, actors and audiences in its two theatres. OnyxFest is determined to be the vehicle to expose theatre-goers to the voices and talent of new and emerging black playwrights.

OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theater festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights. Now in its sixth year, OnyxFest was developed in response to the lack of diversity on stage and in audiences of Indianapolis' theaters; except the IndyFringe Theater. IndyFringe has worked tirelessly with African American playwrights to change the Indianapolis theatrical landscape of storytellers, actors and audiences at the two IndyFringe theatres.

Onyx Fest is a(nother) step towards institutionalizing the IndyFringe Theater's commitment to provide support and performance venues that are inclusive of all playwrights who make up the Indianapolis community.

Warnings: adult content, adult language. Recommended for ages 17 and up.


  • The Quilting, playwright Mijiza Holiday
    “The Quilting” is an autobiographical play that depicts the abuse the playwright’s mother endured and how her strength had the ability to heal. This piece is important because it shows the rippling effects of abuse and how, in spite of the terror of abuse, there is still the possibility of hope, self-realization and forgiveness.
    Performances: Saturday, May 13, 8 pm; Sunday, May 14, 6:30 pm; Saturday, May 20, 6 pm
  • Black Lives Matter (Too), playwrights Angela Jackson-Brown and Ashya Thomas
    “Black Lives Matter (Too)” is one part play and one part story poem that explores the struggles and triumphs of black people from slavery to the present.
    Performances: Friday, May 12, 7 pm; Saturday, May 13, 6 pm; Friday, May 19, 8 pm
  • Truth - The One Man Show, playwright Ryan Bennett
    “Truth – The One Man Show” is the culmination of 152 years of truth coming from the souls of four individuals: Silas Christian, a runaway slave; Harley Wallace, a Ku Klux Klan member; Malik Muhammad, a Civil Rights Activist and Jackson Thomas, a misguided young man, all of whom are fighting for their families.
    Performances: Saturday, May 13, 9:15 pm; Sunday, May 14, 8 pm; Friday, May 19, 6 pm; Saturday, May 20, 9 pm
  • The Wedding Bells - A Musical about Tying the Knot, playwright Nicole Kearney
    Bride-to-be Etta receives an unexpected visit from her ex-husband as she prepares for her wedding. As she and her bridesmaids try to deal with him without telling the groom, chaos ensues. Will her past ruin her future?
    Performances: Friday, May 12, 9 pm; Sunday, May 14, 4:30 pm; Saturday, May 20, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $15-$18, adults; $13, seniors/students.

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