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Goins, Luther McPherson, Mignon Garmel, Marion Burrus, Don R Jones, Scott Fonseca, Bryan

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From The Indianapolis Star. Written by the Chicago's Neighborhood Writing Alliance; adapted for the stage by Luther Goins, Mignon McPherson and David Barr12 • SUNDAY, JUNE 18,2000 • THE INDIANAPOLIS STARTHEATRE PREVIEWGritty playabout lifeon the streetwins festivalThe Journal of Ordinary ThoughtWhat: Festival of Emerging AmericanTheatre.Where: Underground Stage at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave.When: Pay-what-you-can preview, 8 p.m.Wednesday; half-price preview, 7:30 p.m.Thursday; opening night gala, 8 p.m. Friday. Continues through July 23 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30p.m. Sundays. No performance Saturdaybecause of the annual Brew-Ha-Ha.Tickets: $20; $10 ages 20 and younger.Call (317) 635-7529. ,Special programs: Free public symposium following the July 2 matinee.By Marion GarmelSTAFF WRITERFragments of poems and lifestories by poor and "underserved"Chicago residents make up the winning entry in the 17th annual FrankBasile Festival of Emerging American Theatre at Phoenix Theatre.The Journal of OrdinaryThought, which opens Friday, following discount previews Wednesday and Thursday, is made up ofwritings from a magazine publishedby the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a nonprofit organization in| Chicago.Since 1991, the alliance has been\ putting on workshops and collecting| residents' writings to be included in* a magazine called The Journal ofOrdinary Thought, distributed sixI to eight times each year.Last year, free-lance writer David| Barr, Mignon McPherson and Luther♦ .Goins, managing director of the Chi-; cago Theatre Company, adaptedsome of those writings into a play' The world premiere was at the Chicago Theatre Company last October.Bryan Fonseca, founding directorof the Phoenix, saw the productionin Chicago with Don R. Burrus, whorecently...
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