Ebert Romance Captured On Stage
Urbana native Roger Ebert gained fame through his years of reviewing movies on TV. But after losing his voice to cancer, he relied more on the written word and social media, and the support of his wife, African-American attorney Chaz Ebert. Their 20 years of marriage is the subject of a new musical, “The Black White Love Play”, now playing in Chicago.
Jackie Taylor, the Founder and CEO of Chicago's Black Ensenble Theater, wrote and directed the play, and produced it in collaboration with Chaz Ebert, with funding from a donation left to the theater by Roger Ebert.
"As I was doing my research, what became very apparent to me, that there was really a love story here about Roger and Chaz that really spoke to the mission of the Black Ensemble Theater, which is to eradicate racism," she said. "It was an opportunity to tell their story, and promote how two people who were so very different overcame all those differences just to love each other."
In the lead roles are Chicago actors Kevin Pollack and Rashada Dawan, backed up by a chorus and 6-piece acoustic orchestra.
"The Black White Love Play" runs through November 15 at the Black Ensemble Theater.