Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sandra Seaton's "Chicago Trilogy" of one act plays will be performed at Evanston Literary Festival Monday, May 8, 7 PM, Evanston Public Library


George I. Shirley
The J. Edgar Maddy Distinguished
University Emeritus Professor of Music (Voice)
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Sandra Seaton writes:
Dear Bill,

Tomorrow evening  Sandra Seaton's trilogy of one act plays Chicago Trilogy will be performed at the Evanston Literary Festival on Monday, May 8th at 7 pm at the Evanston Public Library.

One of the pieces, A Chance Meeting, was written for acclaimed Met tenor George Shirley. Mr. Shirley will be there Monday evening to play the lead in the play.  He has performed the role previously to great acclaim. 

The Eventbrite link for reservations is below. There is no charge for admission.

The flyer and bios for Shirley and Seaton are attached.

If you have the opportunity to include this on your wonderful AfriClassical website, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


George Shirley, a recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts awarded by President Barack Obama and the National Endowment for the Arts, is The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Music and former Director of the Vocal Arts Division of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The Grammy Award winner was the first high school vocal music teacher in Detroit’s Public Schools. He later earned international acclaim for his performances in major opera houses and music festivals in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and in the United States, where he became the first African-American tenor to sing leading roles with, among others, the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for 11 seasons.

Sandra Seaton is a playwright and librettist. Her libretto for the solo opera From the Diary of Sally Hemings, set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Seaton’s spoken word piece about Dr. King’s Chicago march, King: A Reflection on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., features acclaimed Met tenor George Shirley’s accompanying spirituals. The first of Sandra Seaton’s twelve plays, The Bridge Party dramatizes a confrontation between members of an African American women’s bridge club and white deputies engaged in a house-to-house search.  Other plays include The Will, Music History or A Play About Greeks and SNCC in 1963, and Estate Sale. Sandra Seaton is a graduate of Chicago’s Farragut High School.

Comment by email:
Thanks so much, Bill.  I really appreciate it!  Sandra  [Sandra Seaton]

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