Dillard University’s Theatre Continues its 80th season with Shine On!


New Orleans, LA—Dillard University’s Theatre Department continues its 80th season with Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine October 30-31and November 1 in the Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.  Noted black arts movement contributor, educator, screenwriter and former Dillard Theatre Department Chair, Dr. Ted Shine has returned as a special invited guest for its 80th season production of Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine. Strikingly different in theme, setting and characterization, these plays ShoesHerbert III, and Contribution, demonstrate Shine’s skill at creating realistic, artfully constructed dialog that is a stunning, appropriate, thought-filled commentary on the black/human condition. Written in the late sixties, their themes are disturbingly relevant today: gun violence, injustice, and racism and police brutality. These stories stand as a vivid reminder of how far as a society we still have to go.

“The artists involved in the Black Arts Movement used arts as a way to liberate themselves and their people. Thus was the case at Dillard University, then at Howard University, and finally at Prairie View University, with Ted Shine leading the way,” said Ray Vrazel, director. “Shine did his part for the Black Arts Movement through writing plays that addressed the issues important to African Americans directly and uncompromisingly. His plays are an embodiment of what the Black Arts Movement was all about,” Vrazel added.

The play opened last weekend with the theatre being presented a proclamation from the City of New Orleans congratulating the Dillard Theatre Department on its 80th anniversary. Remaining performances are Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.; Nov 1 at 3 p.m.

There will be a community discussion with the director Ray Vrazel and cast members immediately following the closing afternoon matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information about tickets or events, contact Dillard University’s Theatre Box Office, 504.816.4857. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $10.00 for students and faculty.
About the Dillard University Theatre Department
Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre in the country. The Theatre department provides professional training in a liberal arts context for future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its fulltime, part time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

Remaining Performances for the Season:


October 30-31 at 8 p.m.

November 1 at 3 p.m.

A Trilogy of Shine’s Plays

February 18-20, 25-27

Black History Production

Dillard University’s Cook Theatre

Samuel DuBois Cook Communications Center

2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Box Office: (504) 816-4857


April 8-10, 15-17                                 

The Gospel at Colonus| Adapted by Lee Breuer| Director: Ray Vrazel


May 8-9

Goat in the Road and Dillard Theatre



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