We are thrilled to announce that Tex Mitchell was selected as one of only four students in Chicago to have his story performed in Silk Road Rising’s EPIC virtual event “Black Teen Lives Matter: Family Stories”.

The playwrights chosen for Black Teen Lives Matter: Family Stories are:

Tyriana Jones-7th grade at Westcott Elementary in 18/19

Tex Mitchell-7th/8th grade class at Ryan Banks Academy in 19/20

Brooklyn Netisingha-7th grade at Skinner West in 19/20

Carlton Rutherford-12th grade at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in 17/18

This is the second installment of EPIC’s Black Teen Lives Matter: Family Stories. This first collection focused on monologues that EPIC’s director, Jarrett King, wove beautifully together into a short video featuring professional actors Brianna Buckley and Londen Shannon. You can watch that video   here

In the second installment, EPIC revisited plays and monologues from 2017 through 2020 with a special focus on works written by Black teens in our EPIC program. The murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others while all America watched has brought a greater focus on the Movement for Black Lives.  EPIC students have been writing about and responding to racial inequalities and systemic oppression long before this moment. Black Teen Lives Matter will situate the voices of Chicago’s Black teens within a legacy of storytelling and activism that predates today’s civil rights organizing.

This weekend EPIC is premiering Act 2, Black Teen Lives Matter: Family Stories which will present four plays written by students, also directed by Jarrett King and featuring actors Brianna Buckly, Luke Daigle, Jabari Khaliq, and Londen Shannon.  There are two screenings coming up and each will be followed by a talkback. Here is where you can reserve a free virtual seat for either of those:

Saturday, February 27th at 2pm CSThttps://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10624769

Monday, March 1st at 7pm CSThttps://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10624770

If you’re not able to attend or are only interested in watching the video at your leisure, you can submit your information to get a notification when the video is made public: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqfVn4BhMkCeh5B0DAlxG86-RpHOfn7mwwBlUDRroYfRWcDA/viewform

We are proud of all of our students who participate in EPIC’s storytelling projects, but a special congratulations to Tex!!  I’m excited to see the performance and hope you are able to join me in listening to the stories of our young Chicagoans!