Thursday, November 24, 2016

Free play this weekend in Cleveland titled 'Incognegro' and starring former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, others: Cleveland Treatment Center presents 'Incognegro: An Unsung Hero,' a play directed by Eric Schmiedl that is free and open to the public....Show times are November 25, 2016 at 7 pm and November 26 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Saint Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts....Call (216) 861-4246 for tickets or send an email to pbetts@clevelandtreatmentcenter.org....Cast members include former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, Nathan O. I. Tolliver, Jack Schmitt, Mark Mayo, Allen O'Reilly, Tina Stump, Levi Bullee Adams, Carolyn Dickey, Susan Templar, Bill Hoffman, Maryann Morris and Eric Schmiedl.....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader


Cast members of the production 'Incognegro: An Unsung Hero,' a free and open-to-the-public play presented by the Cleveland Treatment Center per a grant from the Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture. The play is directed by Eric Schmiedl and runs Nov. 25, 2016 at 7 pm and Nov. 26 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Saint Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Arts, 2008 West 30th Street in Cleveland. (Free tickets at (216) 861-4246 or Email: pbetts@clevelandtreatmentcenter.org)


Playwright/Director Eric Schmiedl

Jack Schmitt, who stars as Incognegro in the stage-play "Incognegro: An Unsung Hero"

Former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who has duel acting role in the stage play Incognegro: An Unsung Hero"

The Play Incognegro: An Unsung Hero, Free and Open to the Public
Presented by Cleveland Treatment Center and made possible by a grant received from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

Directed By; Eric Schmiedl

Showtimes: 
Friday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Saint Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 2008 West 30th Street in Cleveland


Tickets at (216) 861-4246 or Email: pbetts@clevelandtreatmentcenter.org



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The late Walter Frances White
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Treatment Center will present the stage production 'Incognegro: An Unsung Hero,' a free and open-to-the-public play directed by Eric Schmiedl with show times on Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 7 pm and Saturday, Nov 26 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Saint Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 2008 West 30th Street in Cleveland.

The free community event, held during the Thanksgiving weekend, is made possible by a grant from the Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture, the county's publicly funded arts and culture venue. 

The play is adapted from Ralph Ellison’s classic 1953 novel by Matt Johnson about an unnamed African -American’s search for self, and is loosely based on the life and career of native Georgian and former NAACP head Walter Frances White, who was born in 1893 and led the NAACP for a quarter of a century as its chief secretary.

White, dubbed Incognegro in the play, was "light-skinned' and an investigative journalist who covered lynchings and other violence in the deep south  in the 1930s that usually went unreported.

The term "incognegro" is a play on the word "incognito" and "was coined to describe a Black person trying to maintain a low profile, or who is racially ambiguous."


Former Cuyhoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones is among the staring cast members and plays duel role's Incognegro's editor and a 'Field-negro,' with Incognegro played by Jack Schmitt, a young up and coming local theatre actor. 

The Cleveland Treatment Center is a  medically assisted opiate-heroin based and methadone treatment facility. Its goal, in part, is to provide state -of-the-art and cost effective treatment for residents of Northeast Ohio, which includes Cleveland. 

Led by executive director L.C. Collins, the Cleveland Treatment Center has a history of using arts and culture to reach out into the community, according Schmiedl, a reputable playwright and native Clevelander whose plays for adults and children have been produced at the Cleveland Playhouse, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, the Oregon Children's Theatre, and elsewhere in the United States.

Two of the cast members have successfully graduated from the treatment center, Pierre Betts, the production manager for the play, told Cleveland Urban News.Com in an interview last week.  (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com