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THEATER | Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Fest

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The eighth season of Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Fest will kick off this week, featuring original works by established and emerging African-American playwrights. "The Brownstone" is a full-length production about conflicts and mysteries surrounding a family in Harlem, and is written by Laura A. Thomas and directed by Curtis K. Rivers (founder and artistic director of the fest). See it Thursday, August 27, through Saturday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday admission is $16 in advance or $20 at the door. On August 28 and 29, tickets are $14 in advance and $20 at the door.

The festival continues Thursday, September 3, with a Jazz and Gospel Night featuring Northeast Flow and vocalist Gaya Shakes. On Friday, September 4, playwright David Taylor and director David A. Shakes present "Garvey High '95,'' a tale of a surprise alumni reunion. Admission is $12 in advance and $16 at the door.

On Saturday, September 5, the festival will feature "The Trial,'' a courtroom drama written and directed by Jacquetta A. Harris. The play is paired with "Window Pains," about one man's journey through life after being committed to a psychiatric institution, written by Jahaka Mindstorm and directed by Reuben Tapp. Admission is $12 in advance and $16 at the door.

All performances will take place at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Avenue). A $40 theatre package that includes the opening reception for "The Brownstone'' is also available and grants full access to the entire festival. For individual tickets, the theatre package or more about the festival, call Mood Makers Books at 271-7010 or visit muccc.org.

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