A Home on the Lake

A World Premiere play
Written by Stephen Fedo and Tim Rhoze
Directed by Tim Rhoze

A Home on the Lake is a play about two Evanston families in two eras whose lives are disrupted by matters of property and race. In 1920, as the Great Migration begins to change the demographics of Evanston, two entrepreneurs—one white, one African American—make business deals that will result in the relocation of black residents to what will become, for generations thereafter, the city’s “black district.” Their business decisions have consequences for their own families, including one that isn’t revealed for nearly a century when the current descendants of those two families are faced with the question of who has a right to a home on the lake.

Inspired by the playwrights’ research, in addition to interviews of several Evanston community members conducted by the founder of Dear Evanston, Nina Kavin, the play delves into themes of displacement, equity, home ownership, and how communities are divided or come together during times of upheaval.

Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre Workshop have a long history of collaborative projects with the overarching mission of finding ways to enhance each other’s work. The two theaters are committed to finding new ways of engaging and cross-pollinating their diverse audiences, and developing a love of theatre from early education through to active audience members.

A Home on the Lake will be performed at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes Street April 19-May 19, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm

Tickets: $15-$30

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