Abilene: an Artist’s Dream

Abilene: an Artist’s Dream

By Crystal Rae

 

 

 

Every artist, who proclaims to be serious about their craft, should have to spend some time in Abilene, Texas. Abilene is a unique treasure. Admittedly, getting through the smoke screens took me some time. I was completely duped by the “Keep Abilene Boring” t – shirts and the slower paced life I had somehow stumbled into. What I have discovered is that Abilene is the perfect place to launch, to hang it all out there and give it the old college try. Everyone isn’t doing what you already want to do- so there’s room for you and your dream. Since life has allowed me the good fortune to set up camp here – I’ve decided to bring to the stage Loraine Hansberry’s famous play, A Raisin in the Sun. It’s a beautiful piece about an African – American family expecting a sizable check. The American Dream and all its hazards are fleshed out right before your eyes.{{more}} The play is both poignant and hilarious. Bringing this production to life will take a little grit, some backing from generous lovers of art, and prayer. ACU’s Black Student Association and The Office of Multicultural Enrichment have graciously decided to sponsor the show and I’ll direct and produce it. We look to perform it in late March in ACU’s Cullen Auditorium, but not without your help. If you’d like to assist in making this possible, contact me. I think I’ll make a new t shirt that says “Keep Abilene Bold” because that what Abilene forces artist to become. Under her watch artist are have no option but to be bold, daring, and doggedly determined, and for that, I am grateful. crystalrae10@yahoo.com708-508-2181