February 13, 2017

‘A Nightingale for Dr. DuBois’ hits McLeod stage this month

The Department of Theater will present “A Nightingale for Dr. DuBois,” a theatrical presentation of dramatic narrative, testimony, music and African mask dance, at the McLeod Theater later this month. 

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 26. Tickets are $18, with student tickets at $6. Tickets are available in advance at the McLeod Theater or SIU Arena box offices during regular office hours, by phone at 618/453-6000, or online

There is a preshow lecture at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 26, in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Dean’s Conference Room, located near the theater lobby. This lecture is free and open to the public. Anne Fletcher, dramaturg, and Segun Ojewuyi, director, will talk with Chukwuma Okoye, guest costume designer, about the inspiration for this theatrical production. 

“A Nightingale for Dr. DuBois” examines author and civil activist W.E.B. DuBois’ time in Ghana. The playwright is Femi Osofisan, a Nigerian writer known for his critique of societal problems and his use of African traditional performances and surrealism in his works. 

This is a collaborative production of the Africana Theater Lab, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, Africana Studies, and the Department of Theater. The Student Fine Arts Activity Fee partially funded this production. This is a Black History Month event.