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Enjoy Free Theater At Summer Playfest, Featuring NLU Playwrights Writers from the M.S. in Written Communication program present their plays

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.10.03 AMAll are welcome to enjoy the dramatic talents of five National Louis University playwrights at Summer Playfest on Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. The writers are students in NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication program. You can choose to attend some or all of these works, presented for free, but please RSVP to

The staged readings will be performed at National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. as follows:  



  • 1:00 pm “Soldiers in Pink” by Verna Brown
  • 2:00 pm “The Grass Isn’t Always Greener” by Britteney Cohn
  • 2:30 pm  “Hope Deferred” by Brenda Castile-Munoz
  • 3:30 pm  “The Cry” by Kara Brinkman
  • 4:00 pm  “Gospel Explosion” by Tomiko Smith

“Soldiers in Pink” by Verna Brown, directed by Wilson Cain. How can we stop the senseless killings in our neighborhood? A few brave women in Englewood risk their lives to organize “The Army of Moms on Patrol.” Inspired by the true story of Tamar Manasseh and Lucille Barnes.

“The Grass Isn’t Always Greener” by Britteney Cohn, directed by Maurice Proffit. Tar leaves the safe relationship, but now must figure out if the love that she chose is true, or if she missed out on her chance for happiness.

“Hope Deferred” by Brenda Castile-Munoz, directed by Wilson Cain. Jeff and Shanice, an interracial teen couple, have been hiding their relationship from their families. The ruse is shattered when Shanice reveals she is pregnant. Who decides what to do about it?

“The Cry” by Kara Brinkman, directed by Maurice Proffit. Two unmarried young parents try to save their infant when their contemporary and old world cultures violently collide.

“Gospel Explosion” by Tomiko Smith, directed by Marvanna Avery-Cash. Tina is a hardworking, single woman who has failed at the love thing several times. She confines herself to work and church, vowing never to open her heart to anyone again. That is, until the smooth-talking Lorenzo becomes the newest member of her church band. (Gospel music selected by Tomiko Smith.)