Special Events

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

Written and Performed by E. Patrick Johnson
Directed by Joseph Megel
Producer, Creative Advisor and Collaborator, Jane M. Saks

Jane M. Saks and Project& bring E. Patrick Johnson’s hit one-person show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South to the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theatre at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, May 28, 29, 31 and June 3-7.

Based on his award-winning book, E. Patrick Johnson stars in this one-person exploration into the Southern black gay community. A fascinating, validating oral history inspired by the author’s personal journey, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South explores identity, connection, power and partnership. With complexity and raw emotion, Sweet Tea humanizes a community often forced to the outskirts of society. Poignant and often heart-wrenching, Johnson reinforces the spoken-word tradition while challenging stereotypes and finding humor, humanity and hope within. From the popular show Orange is the New Black, the contemporary struggle for LGBTQ freedoms and the #blacklivesmatter movement, polarizing issues of gender and race have never been so in the forefront of our time.

This riveting production is directed by Joseph Megel and presented by Project&, an arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. It is co-sponsored by the Black Arts Initiative and One Book, One Northwestern.

May 28 – Jun 7
7:30PM WED | THU | FRI | SAT
2:00PM SUN
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater | 1949 Campus Drive

*No performance on Saturday, May 30

Tickets: $15 General Public / $10 Seniors (Over 62), NU Faculty/Staff, Educators/Full-Time Students
$5 NU Students (advance purchase only, $10 at the door)