(Courtesy photo/Children’s Legacy Theater)

The Children’s Legacy Theater in partnership with Jah Kente International, the Salvation Army, and Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program invites the public to their 4th annual Ten-Minute Play Festival titled “The Copper Colored Children of Anacostia.”

The two-day insightful and thought-provoking event will be presented Aug. 1-2 at the Solomon G. Brown Community Center, Salvation Army Building in southeast DC. Doors open at 6pm and the show begin at 6:30pm.

“The Copper Colored Children of Anacostia” theme hails from the Nacotchtank Indians, who inhabited Ward 8, described as having “copper colored skin,” the presenters said in a statement. “We pay homage to our aboriginal family, by teaching youth the importance of their ancestry and connection to Africa,” the statement continues. “Through extensive research, playwrights illustrate their knowledge covering topics, such as Queen Nzinga of Angola, Akhenaten Pharaoh of Egypt and Oko Nigerian God of Agriculture, as well as writing about conquering fear and the history of the enslaved builders of the White House.”

CLT/JKI’s teaching artist guided youth workers in workshops, where they composed original music, built set pieces, and designed costumes. Participants also learned photography and videography, acting, choreography, marketing and public relations, as well as stage management, light and sound design and hospitality.

In addition, summer youth program participants worked diligently to assure a successful festival, using creativity and talent to tell their stories as interpreted and seen through their own eyes.

“The passion exhibited throughout the performance will resonate with you long into the future. We look forward to providing wholesome entertainment to our community,” said Jermaine Harris, Children Legacy Theater project director.

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