Idlewild Theatre Company presents stage play

IDLEWILD - Lights! Curtain! Action!

It’s time once again for the of the Idlewild Theatre Company’s annual stage presentation, and organizers expect this year’s performances will be just as impressive as in years past.

The Idlewild Theatre Company presents No Child …, a play by Nilaja Sun, at the Yates Township offices building gymnasium in historic Idlewild. The offices building is located at 5125 Nelson Road, just south of U.S. 10 in Idlewild, Michigan. The production runs Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m.

No Child… is sponsored by the Dean’s Program Initiative Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University.

No Child… was originally written as a one-woman show that was performed by the author, Nilaja Sun, who worked for 10 years as a teaching artist in the New York Public Schools.

Sun’s Obie Award-winning play is an insightful, hilarious and touching master class not to be missed by anyone who is concerned about the state of our education system and how we might fix it.

The play received great reviews by various newspapers. “Marvelous, touching and funny.” said the NY Times. “Astounding. Sun brings us not her world but the world. By showing us how the other half lives, an object lesson in what should not be missing from any life curriculum: hope.” noted The New Yorker.

The Idlewild Theatre Company is the only touring company producing summer theatre in historic Idlewild.

The Company came into existence in 2004 as part of EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges’ vision for a cultural renewal in what was once a dramatic and dynamic African-American resort community.

Each summer since its formation the group have brought a stage play to Idlewild

Bridges noted he made good use of the time spent in Lake County to create a teaching experience and make sure the performers learned about Idlewild’s unique past and important role in African American history.

During the year, Bridges also visits Baldwin High School putting on theater workshops and encouraging a love of fine arts.

The Company usually also take two or three BHS students on as interns to work backstage during the show and see how things are actually run in live theater productions.

Tickets for No Child ... on sale now. Call for tickets and more information at (231) 745-7712 and (231) 745-8804. Tickets can be purchased beginning at the Road Runners Variety Storein Idlewild, and at Pandora’s Box in Baldwin.