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The 6th Annual Sanfoka Evening of Theatre & Jazz Fest, which features a cross-section of theatrical artists from the Rochester community, will be presented by Mood Makers Books Theatre 1 Project, Mood Makers Books, and Rochester Playwrights in Residence at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) on Thursday, August 22, through Saturday, August 24.

On Thursday, a staging of Robert Djed Snead's full-length gospel drama, "The Devoted Disciples," will take place, followed by an opening night reception. Three one-act plays will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights, followed by a jazz set each night by Paradigm Shift. The Friday lineup includes "Shades of Color" by Liberia author & poet, Aken V. Wariebi; "The Tiny Coqui Wins the Race," adapted from a Puerto Rican folktale by Annette Ramos and written & directed by Delores Jackson-Radney; and "Mi Casa Es Su Casa," staged by The Rochester Latino Theatre Company, written by Jose Casado, and directed by Annette Ramos. Saturday night's event features plays by three African-American women that deal with history, friendship, truth, deception, and intrigue. The works include "Reflections on Hagins Place," by family historian & storyteller Robin Nowell; "Win Win the Play," by novelist Marsha Jones; and "The Overnight," by playwright & director Laura Thomas.

All Sankofa events take place at MuCCC. Tickets for opening night are $14 in advance or $18 at the door, and Friday or Saturday night $12 in advance or $16 at the door. A three-night theatre package is available for $30. Tickets can be purchased at Mood Makers Books in the Village Gate (274 N. Goodman Street). For additional information contact Curtis K. Rivers at 271-7010 or moodckr@frontiernet.net or visit muccc.org.

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