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Chicago. Southside. 1963. The Robert Taylor Housing Projects are completed, and black families are given hope. Community forms and Taylor is full of music, food, and a self-sustained economy. But as time progresses, things change and violence increases, and the women step up to protect their community. Suddenly black people have to question: is this our home or just a failing project? Experience the real history and stories taken from interviews with residents and historians. The Project(s) gives voice to the black residents of Chicago's early housing projects. Performances of The Project(s) will be live, not pre-recorded, capturing the excitement and interactivity of an onstage show in an online performance.

Presented by Stage Left Theatre

Thru - Nov 26, 2020

Show Type: Drama

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Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...The young people of Chicago, when they hear the term "projects", are unaware of what they truly were. In fact, almost 100% of the white population never truly understood what they were. When I was a young man, I was told when one drives down Division Street, through the Cabrini-Green "projects", make sure your windows are rolled up and your car doors are locked! We did not have air conditioning in our cars, so we were warm during the one mile drive. The projects were a way of replacing slums in neighborhoods that were mostly populated with African-American families. Not just in Chicago, but in every urban area that has a huge population of Negroes. Ida B. Welles was another"project" and one that many know of, two miles on the south side, called The Robert Taylor Homes."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Presented in a live Zoom format, "the project(s)" is a documentary-style play by the late creative talent PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger. Directed by Christian Helem, "the project(s)" follows a reporter's attempt to gain insight into the lives of residents of Chicago's Robert Taylor Housing Projects. Paparelli and Jaeger's script draws from interviews with former residents of the massive Bronzeville development that stretched from Pershing to 54th-for a time the largest public housing development in the country."
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Noel Schecter

Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Christian Helem directs this live production, viewed online through the technology of Zoom and smart video editing. The docudrama is told through interviews with residents of Chicago public housing projects with names like Robert Taylor, Ida B. Wells, Cabrini Green, Lathrop and Wentworth Gardens. Eight actors skillfully perform multiple roles. Their stories give us a flavor of the strong sense of family and community during the early years of public housing and the anger and disappointment when the early promise became a new kind of blight."
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Nancy Bishop

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