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‘Ain’t I a Woman!’ theatrical production to take stage at IU Northwest on March 1

Production celebrates the life and times of four powerful and distinguished African American women


The Core Ensemble, a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion, will perform during the 'Aint I a Woman' theatrical production held on campus on March 1.

Core Ensemble
The Core Ensemble, a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion, will perform during the 'Aint I a Woman' theatrical production held on campus on March 1.

A musical theater production is coming to campus on Tuesday, March 1 at 3 p.m. in the Library Conference Center (Room 105ABC). The production, ‘Ain’t I a Woman!,’ celebrates the life and times of four powerful and distinguished African American women.

The Core Ensemble, a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion, will perform as Shinnerrie Jackson portrays four influential characters: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth; exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter; and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African American composers such as Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and Diane Monroe.

The Core Ensemble, since 1993, has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. In 2000, the musical trio was recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, among others.

Jackson has appeared in regional theatre and collegiate theatre in such productions as Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, All My Sons, The Glass Menagerie, and Raisin in the Sun. Jackson holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Tennessee and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

The March 1 event is free and open to the IU Northwest and greater Northwest Indiana community. Seating for this event is limited; please arrive early.

The Library Conference Center is located on the southeast corner of campus at 35th Avenue and Broadway in Gary. Free guest parking is located in the lot north of 33rd Avenue between Broadway and Jefferson St.

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Core Ensemble
Shinnerrie Jackson portrays four influential characters: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth; exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter; and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.