Booking Options

A Real Read: The EnsembleWe can offer your theater, business or university a number of alternatives for performance and workshops. Our performance material is rooted in the African-American experience. We are currently touring seven fierce, funny, and informative presentations that can be adapted to meet your needs:

"A Real Read on HIV," which revels the secrets scars and truths of HIV/AIDS. This entertaining presentation is a education/ prevention tool that can be adapted for pre-teen through adult audiences. A Question and Answer session immediately follows, with revelations from ensemble members who have been affected by the HIV pandemic. (30-90 minutes)

"Comin' Straight At Cha,'"a series of humorous and thought-provoking pieces on the emotions and conflicts that straight people experience in dealing with the sexual orientation/gender identity of people they care about. (30-100 minutes)

"Manchild," a one man performance by Byron Stewart which deals straightforwardly with the provocative issue of men who have sex with men but do not identify as Gay. (30 minutes)

We Heard The Night Outside, a two act play written by Larry Duckette, which celebrates the lives of he and poet, activist and award-winning writer Essex Hemphill, and the relationship they shared both on and off stage. (120 minutes) There is also a 30-minute selection from this play that includes the poem Brass Rail that is done in the style of Cinque, a technique that was developed by Duckette, Hemphill, and Wayson Jones.

"Love Can Sometimes Be A Real Read," which focuses on issues and concerns of same-gender-loving individuals and their relationships. The trials and triumphs of finding a mate in a world when you live as a minority within a minority are explored through vignettes which encompass the leather scene, butch-femme issues, substance abuse, recreational sex, and even romance. (30-120 minutes)

"The Best of A Real Read," which addresses a wide range of issues in the lesbigaytrans community including, coming out, HIV/AIDS, and self love as same-gender-loving individuals. (30-90 minutes).

"Colorphobia," an explosive and insightful perspective on the racial issues in our LesBiGayTrans community. Fingers are not only pointed at other but ourselves. (30-90 minutes)

"Conversation With a Diva," is sassy, touching, and triumphant story of the self-appointed Sir Damone and his journey to discover what it means to be a proud Black Gay man. Sir Damone shares with us his life, loves, losses and laughter in a delightful evening of theater. Conversation With a Diva,written by Dr. Shirlene Holmes ,was awarded a Black Theater Alliance Award and an After Dark Award for its Chicago premiere. (65 minutes)

In addition, performance packages are available that address women and Transgendered issues and concerns.

Our Workshops and Residences offer interactive writing, writing for performance, performance skills and techniques from basic to advanced levels. These seminars can incorporate issues specific to the experiences of women, men, and Transgender communities as well as addressing issues of HIV prevention.

For fees and technical requirements or to schedule an appearance, please send an email message to us at

Dramatic Diversity is another option if you are seeking diversity training. Byron Stewart, of A Real Read, is one of the founders of this organization which offers performance-based training for committed corporations. For more information, visit their website, call (312) 409-2875 or email