Actor, Producer, Director Wren T. Brown, founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre

Actor, Producer, Director Wren T. Brown, founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre

*Another piece of history unfolds on the stage and FREE tickets have been made available. 

This announcement came exclusively to EURweb from Wren T. Brown, founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), a recently formed Equity Company, that is the Resident Company and Operator of the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, under the artistic direction of Israel Hicks

ERT’s commitment is to bring diverse, high standard, professional performing arts to the Mid-City community, as well as the greater Los Angeles area, to engender business development along the Washington Boulevard corridor, and to make the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Los Angeles’ Newest Cultural Destination!

Now that the company’s mission is established, six years later the task is to garner continued enthusiasm for the quality productions that take the stage there.  Currently Wren T. Brown urges  support for the vast array of theatrical presentations going on all over Los Angeles, especially the Ebony Rep and it’s encore  production of  “Fraternity” by Jeff Stetson, and directed by Henry Miller.

Wren, an accomplished actor, producer & director, passionately refers to the Langston Hughes quote, which famously asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” Wren speaks his heart, mind and soul as it relates to preserving our culture on the stage, and why it is so important to act now by making sure that each of these productions play to a packed house! 

Wren Brown to EURweb: “Today one might ask what happens to black artists and their art if their work isn’t sufficiently supported. There has been a recent Renaissance in black theater with many plays being produced throughout the country to critical acclaim. But such acclaim is meaningless if patrons don’t continue to fill empty seats and provide opportunities for those works to reach larger audiences over extended periods of time.The Ebony Repertory Theatre is currently producing Jeff Stetson’s award-winning play, “Fraternity,” with an extraordinary cast seldom seen on any stage.”

fraternity cast

Robert Gossett and Mel Winkler (pictured) have been replaced in the current line up by Obba Babatunde and Tucker Smallwood. The cast also includes Harvey Banks, Rocky Carroll, Nasir Najieb, Roger Robinson and William Allen Young.

Three weeks after Dr. King’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech, a bomb destroyed an Alabama church, murdering four young girls and shattering the dream that had inspired so many. Set in a private club in 1987, the play explores the journeys of seven successful black community leaders whose lives were forever affected by that tragedy. It examines what happens to those who seek power, privilege and inclusion, while abandoning the sacrifices that made their success possible. There is a line from the play, “A people without too much of a history have a future that’s easier to shape.” The future of all people depends on their understanding of the past and if that understanding isn’t reflected accurately and courageously by our artists then our dreams not only will be deferred, they may very well disappear along with our black theaters and the artists who are sustained by them.

100 pairs of FREE TICKETS to see FRATERNITY are now made available thanks to The Ebony Repertory Theatre, a generous supporter and  Remaining performances are:  Friday May 31 at 8:00pm, Saturday June 1st at 2:00pm, Saturday June 1st 8:00pm  and Sunday June 2nd at 3:00pm. Complimentary tickets MUST BE RESERVED, are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and are distributed per performance at the discretion of the producer.  Click here for info or to make your reservations contact:[email protected] or call (323) 964-9768.  The Ebony Repertory Theatre is located at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center: 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, California. 90016.

Wren T. Brown is a forth generation Los Angeles  resident and a descendent of many noted performers.  Mr. Brown was this year’s recipient of the Theatrical Arts Icon Award, presented by Our Authors Study Club, the Los Angeles branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. Wren is a renown actor who has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Eli Stone, Waiting To Exhale, Hollywood Shuffle and countless  other productions.  To see his impressive list of credits click here.