An Evening with Dr. Sandra G. Shannon

An Immersive discussion inspired by August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

February 6, 2022

Event Begins at 7PM
Pay what you can admission
Open to public

CSC is proud to present Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, the leading authority on playwright August Wilson, for a lecture inspired by CSC current production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom that explores the role of Blues women, like Ma Rainey, as conveyors and preservers of Black culture.

Delve into topics such as:
• History of the Blues as a response to slavery and Black oppression
• Relationship between the Blues and Black feminism
• The cultural impact of both Wilson’s words on these issues today

The evening will close with an opportunity for attendees engage in a dialogue about August Wilson, theatrical storytelling, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The panel will include Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, Candice Handy (Director of Education of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), and Crystian Wiltshire (Associate Artistic Director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company).

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor Emerita of African American Literature, Howard University

Crystian Wiltshire*

Associate Artistic Director / Levee in "Ma Rainey"

Candice Handy*

Director of Education / Director of "Ma Rainey"

  • *Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Vaccination/Negative Test and Mask Audience Requirements (as of August 30, 2021)

At this time, all ticketholders must show proof of a full COVID vaccination status or provide a negative COVID test to enter The Otto M. Budig Theater.
• Option 1: Proof of Vaccination
Ticketholders 12 years of age or older may show proof of full COVID vaccination to enter accompanied by a photo ID.
• Option 2: Negative COVID PCR Test
Ticketholders 5 years of age or older may show proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance to enter.

All ticket holders are required to wear face masks fitting securely over their mouth and nose while inside The Otto M. Budig Theater except when consuming food or beverage. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted, and even if eating or drinking, masks must be worn between sips and bites.

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Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor Emerita of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University. Widely acknowledged as the leading authority on playwright August Wilson, keynotes of her expertise include:

  • Founder and current President of the August Wilson Society
  • Scholar-in-Residence, August Wilson African American Cultural Center
  • PI, Black Seed Grant: Centering and Celebrating Wilsonian Warriors
  • Fellow and Dean Elect, College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Explore her bio more online here.