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​​​​WELCOME TO AFRICAN AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

​​​​Our mission is to produce engaging, culturally diverse theater from an African American perspective while educating our community on African American history and the arts.


AART UPCOMING EVENT

AART Presents Pure Confidence 

by Award-Winning Playwright Carlyle Brown


​​Pure Confidence is set during the Civil War–era.  Horse racing is the stage for this riveting drama in this surprisingly funny, daring and emotionally moving look at the complexity of race, humanity, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century. With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom.  Pure Confidence by Caryle Brown is set during the Civil War–era.  Horse racing is the stage for this riveting drama in this surprisingly funny, daring and emotionally moving look at the complexity of race, humanity, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century. With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom.   
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Critical Reviews:
  
  • "One surefire crowd-pleaser." —N.Y. Times.
  • "The gem of the Humana 2005 Festival." —CurtainUp.
  • "Rollickingly accomplished, [PURE CONFIDENCE] pulls no punches…Complex, funny and with appeal for audiences of all stripes…." —Variety.
  • "Ironic, warm and fully engaging…takes the audience on a stimulating ride…Brown navigates complicated emotional territory with restraint and humor…By presenting those truths as part of his characters' cultural experience, Brown bonds them to the audience in a shared history that cannot be ignored." —Louisville Courier-Journal.


Carlyle Brown is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network's Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene' Castillo Award for Political Theatre, 2010 United States Artists Friends Fellowship, and recently named the 2018 William Inge Theater Festival Honoree.    
  
Described by The New York Times as "one of America's more significant playwrights" he has a long and rich history of creating plays that dramatize historical events in a way that makes them accessible to present-day audiences.
  
BUY TICKETS
Best Actor 
 Telvin Griffin won Best Actor in a leading role for AART's production of FLY
  
Best Chorographer
Sean J. Smith won the Irma P. Hall Award for Best Choreographer for AART's production of FLY.
BEST Sound Design
TBAAL Sponsored Irma P. Hall Awards
 Bear Hamilton won Best Sound Design for AART's production of FLY.
  
  AART was nominated in eight categories and was honored to be the recipient in four categories.   Celebrating ALL of the nominees and grateful for the awards!  Thank you TBAAL and Jiles King for a platform to celebrate Black Theater and many thanks to everyone who voted!  Grateful!!!
  
Best Costume Design
 Regina Washington won Best Costume Design for AART's production of FLY
  

AART Fundraiser:  "An Evening of AART"
 at the Sammons Center

 Thank you for joining AART for our fundraiser as we we presented excerpts from August Wilson’s iconic “Century Cycle” which charts the African American experience in each decade of the 20th Century; and features AART Founder, Irma P. Hall.  It was a great evening full of entertainment, fun and fellowship. 

           Thank Yo
 Everyone who atended AART's Award-Winning production of FLY!!!

Sean J. Smith (Tap Griot)

Purchase Tickets

Telvin Griffin (W.W)

Van Stripling  II (Chet)

FLY by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Kahn is the powerful story of African American military pioneers, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who proved themselves to be some of the best fighter pilots during WWII.  AART is proud to present this important pa​rt of history in association with Mountain View College.   AART's production is directed by Willie Minor.  The cast features Telvin Griffin, Van Stripling II, Daniel Saunders, Darren McElroy, Michael Brannian, Bill Jenkins, Garrett McPherson, and Sean J. Smith of the Dallas Black Dance Theater as the Tap Griot.  The show opens June 16 and  runs through July 1, 2017 at the MVC Performance Hall located on the campus of Mountain View College. 

JUNE 16 - JULY 1, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Saturdays @ 2:30pm


Show Location:
MVC Performance Hall
4849 West Illinois Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75211

Ticket Prices: $15 - $30 
For specail group rates email aartboxoffice@gmail.com or call 972.572.0998

Daniel Saunders (Oscar)

Darren McElroy     (J. Allen)

Michael Brennian (Shaw)

    Bill Jenkins        (Capt. O'Hurley)

Garrett McPherson (Reynolds)