Purchased Lives – Exhibition Related Programs


Live Performance of Martin Rising: Requiem for a King
Sunday, February 24, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Explore the last months of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and his assassination in this original theatrical adaptation of the book Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Coretta Scott King award winner Andrea Davis Pinkney & Caldecott Medal award-winner Brian Pinkney. Produced and performed by local teens in collaboration with Northlight Theatre and Skokie Public Library. A talkback with Andrea Davis Pinkney will follow.


Victory Gardens Presents: Pipeline
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Dominique Morisseau’s social dramas raise pointed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education. Pipeline depicts a mother trying desperately to protect her son and a family struggling to outrun social prophecy. Join us for excerpts from the production and a panel featuring artists exploring the parallels between the school-to-prison pipeline and the themes of the exhibit Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865.


ShPIeL Performing Identity Theatre Presents: The Green Book
Sunday, March 31, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The Green Book, a play by Calvin A. Ramsey, tells the story of an African-American family who opens their home to black travelers in the south during the Jim Crow era. The appearance of a white visitor, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that reveals that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. See the original story and participate in a discussion with producer/co-adaptor David Chack, director/co-adaptor Ilesa Duncan, and the cast.





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