A group of theater graduates from the University of Southern Mississippi living in Chicago have formed Jubilee Theatre Collective to perform works by Mississippi playwrights.
The group's first production, "Wild Grown Stories," at the Den Theatre on North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, will be a fundraiser for children in Mississippi schools.
The idea is to shine a spotlight on the Mississippi storytelling tradition outside of the South, founding members said. The first performances will be Monday and Tuesday.
It will feature selections from works by Tennessee Williams, Beth Henley, Beth Kander and Mart Crowley and readings from works by new up-and-coming playwrights in Mississippi.
Money raised will go to a public school arts initiative in Jackson and to purchase required reading books for students in the Mississippi Delta.
Founding members of Jubilee are Annie Cleveland, Chrystle Morman and Matt McDaniel of Jackson, Cordie Nelson of Moss Point and Nelson Rodriguez of Flowery Branch, Ga.
The group has a website for anyone who wants to buy a ticket or support the effort.