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Theater Fri Jun 17 2011

"Sex in the Summer in the City"

The Black Ensemble Theater, led by Jackie Taylor, hits Chicago with another summer of sultry shows with its "Sex in the Summer in the City" series. Now in its third year, the series kicks off on June 27 at 7pm with the sizzling Sex Party, a performance that features excerpts from all the shows in the series.

Written by members of the Black Ensemble Theater's Black Playwrights Initiative, "Sex in the Summer in the City" is a three-show series of one-act plays that take a provocative look at "lust, pain and conflict" in relationships. The first show, Virgin and Other Profanities, written by Dawn Bless and directed by Daryl Brooks, runs June 29-30; it tells the story of two roommates whose relationship is tested due to their sexual differences.

Rounding out the series are Lyle Miller's No Safe Words (July 13 and 14), the story of two cousins with conflicting lifestyles and Jasmine Coles' Day to Day (July 27 and 28), a love story about the challenges faced by a man with a life-threatening illness.

All shows take place at 7pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon St. Tickets are $12 for individual shows or $30 for the entire series; to purchase, contact the box office at 773-769-4451. For more information, please visit theater's website.

 
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