Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Illinois Theatre Center of Park Forest will celebrate Black History Month with the presentation of “NEAT”, an autobiographical one-woman show written by Charlayne Woodard and performed by actress Inda Craig-Galvan. The show runs for three weeks, February 15 to March 2.
ITC previously presented Ms. Craig-Galvan in Woodard’s “PRETTY FIRE” two years ago. That play dealt with events from Ms. Woodard’s childhood. The follow-up, “NEAT”, depicts the playwright’s teenage years in the 1960’s, including her introduction to the civil rights and women’s movements, and her relationship with her mentaly challenged aunt, “Neat”.
Playwright Charlayne Woodard has been a professional actress for 30 years. Her first solo play, PRETTY FIRE (1993), received L.A. Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright. The follow-up, NEAT, debuted in 1997. Her third solo play, IN REAL LIFE (2000), deals with her early experiences as an aspiring actress.
Ms. Woodard made her Broadway debut in 1978 in AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. Since then she has performed at regional theatres across the country. Her film credits include “Sunshine State”, “Unbreakable” and “The Crucible.” Television work includes the title role in “Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story” and recurring roles on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. Ms. Woodard was trained at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actor’s Studio. She teaches solo performance at the California Institute for the Arts.
Inda Craig-Galvan is a Park Forest resident. In addition to her performance in PRETTY FIRE, she has also appeared in the Illinois Theatre Center productions of BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY and TWO TRAINS RUNNING. Her other Chicago area credits include roles at Steppenwolf, Chicago Theatre Company, Circle Theatre, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Inda has appeared across the country as half of the sketch comedy duo “KevINda” with partner Kevin Douglas, and has numerous film and TV credits.
“NEAT” runs from Friday, February 15 through Sunday, March 2. Performances are Wednesday thru Saturday evenings at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $21 on Fri. & Sat., $19 at all other times. There is a $1 discount for students & seniors. The Illinois Theatre Center is located in downtown Park Forest at 371 Artists Walk (off Indianwood Blvd, next to Village Hall). For tickets, call (708) 481-3510.