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GSU’s One More Night features ‘Speaking in Tongues’

The Center for Performing Arts Governors State Univeristy will open its 2012-13 One More Night series with 'Speaking Tongues: The

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State Univeristy will open its 2012-13 One More Night series with "Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel" on Nov. 17.

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Updated: December 19, 2012 11:29AM



Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts will open its 2012-13 One More Night series with playwright Shepsu Aakhu’s “Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel” at 8 p.m. Nov. 17.

“Speaking in Tongues,” presented by MAAT Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre Productions, is the story of an extended family living in Chicago’s now-demolished Washington Park housing project.

Aakhu based his play on many hours of oral history recollections gathered from family members.

“My family and their collective voices helped to define a way of life in the Washington Park projects that no longer exists,” Aakhu said. “The world that we revisit here now exists only in our collective memories.”

In “Speaking in Tongues,” the mosaic of voices portrays the life of this extended family, the housing project and the greater American experiment with housing for the urban poor.

Andrea J. Dymond directs “Speaking in Tongues.”

Cast members include Eddie Jordan III, Felicia McNeal, Sidney Miller, Delali Potakey, Mateo Smith, Demetria Thomas and Tina Marie Wright.

Critics applauded the play when it was first performed at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center.

“This is a brilliant play to which I give my highest recommendation,” Chicago Theater Beat wrote.

“Aakhu’s insightful, engaged, articulate interviewees make extraordinary company, and director Andrea Dymond’s exquisite cast speak with the kind of graceful candor that makes everything ring true,” wrote the Chicago Reader, which is now a sister publication of the SouthtownStar.

Tickets for “Speaking in Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel” are $30 at the box office, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park; centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222. The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.

“Speaking in Tongues” is the first of four One More Night productions in the Center for Performing Arts’ 2012-13 season.

One More Night, funded for a second year by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, brings the finest in Chicago-area theater to local audiences.

Other shows in this season’s series are:

“Braid Tales” presented by Kuumba Lynx/FootworKINGz and featuring the South Shore Drill Team, on Jan. 26.

“Shakti Chakra — The Energy Cycle” presented by Natya Dance Theatre on Feb. 16.

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic on March 10.

MPAACT Productions, which is a professional nonprofit theater association based in Chicago, was founded in 1990.

The mission is to develop, nurture and sustain original African-centered theater as a multidisciplinary art form of American theater.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available at the Center for Performing Arts.

Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount, or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.

In addition to savings, package-holders receive ticket exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more.

Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not currently available online.

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