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