Since 2007, the annual two week Sankofa Festival has spotlighted primarily local playwrights, actors, and directors in a mainstage and variety of supporting performances. The first week of this year's fest features "The Green Book Chronicles," inspired by the Negro Motorist Green Book, a traveler's guide used by a generation of African Americans seeking safe spaces while roadtripping in the United States. The supporting shows in the second week of the festival include the innovative "Night of 10s," featuring 10-minute plays highlighting various aspects of the African American experience; "The Circle: A Book Club Sisterhood," in which a women's black literary club learns personal lessons about judging a book by its cover; and "Now & Then," which examines the possibility of the human spirit experiencing multiple existences.
The Sankofa Festival takes place Wednesday, August 29, through Saturday, September 8, at the MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday each week, with a matinee performance of "The Green Book Chronicles" followed by a talk back on Saturday, September 1, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the door; festival passes available for $48. Tickets and a full schedule at muccc.org.