"Staging Black Chicago"
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign December 8-9, 2010
I feel like the community you created in this play exists in a lot of other communities. Would you be willing to take “Tangled” to other communities in other parts of the country because we need it in other places?”---Audience member
“This play is so meaningful to me because it meets people where they are.”
"I was impressed with Tangled. The script was realistic and the characters were quite well developed for such a short time frame. Very current piece...the script and storyline was very engaging... "---Jolynn C.
"I loved the play!! Great job!... Gurl I want to tell u that ur play inspired me. I had been praying for something to do for the church Christmas Program. After I left the play God spoke to me. But the inspiration came from u. Thank u for letting God use u. U r a blessing from God!!---Patrice P.
Student Actor Feedback
“I move in an out of communities like the one in “Tangled” all the time. But “Tangled” really sensitized me to violence again and to the issues that I just took for granted. Now, I see things in my community and want to change them.”---Tonisha D. , Student-actor in “Tangled”
“This play is urban, current and uses the language we use everyday…so we students can really relate to it. This play should be done at schools everywhere to give student the kind of chance we had to work with the professors-artists and talk about these issues”.---Chelby B., student-actor in “Tangled”
---“Theatre is a great vehicle for examining race, history and current events together. Studying these plays gave us a chance to make the connections between the past and issues affecting us today.”---Jon H., UIUC student actor and audience member
---“This play taught me empathy and just made me realize that THESE ARE ALL OUR PROBLEMS…and it helped me realize how we as Black people self-soothe with alcohol and all kinds of things. We have to realize that it’s ok to hurt, it’s ok to FEEL pain… because if we don’t FEEL anything how can we change things? Feeling what is going on in our community is the first step to changing things.---Arysha G., UIUC student-actor and audience member
Feedback from "Tangled" Supporter
"Unfortunately, gun violence hit close to home within the last month. I have a nephew who was shot 17 times...yes...17 times. But GOD IS GOOD...[He] survived and [is] recovering...prayer does work. Although I haven't seen the play, I hope it sheds light on the senseless violence gripping Chicago and enlighten those who are unaware, better inform those who are, and motivate both to action…. it would truly be great as a venue for high schools, colleges to open a dialogue on violence, particularly against young, black men, historically and contemporarily.---Joy C.,