Resident playwright’s latest 2 plays to be read in 3 central Indiana venues starting May 3


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, April 25, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Two short plays by Conner Prairie resident playwright Crystal V. Rhodes will be read in May at three different venues.

    “The Rhodes Family Incident” portrays two disillusioned college students as they stumble across an historic racial incident in their hometown that greatly influences their views about where they grew up.

    “Lillian and Beulah” tells the story about when a cub reporter challenges a history-making journalist and the first black female doctor in Indianapolis, he discovers how these two fiercely independent women and long forgotten icons of the early 20th Century channeled their energy into protecting the African-American community from tuberculosis.

    Readings and discussion of the plays “Giving Voice: African-American’s Presence in Indiana’s History” will be at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Phoenix Theatre, 6:30 p.m. May 4 at Indiana Landmarks Center and 4 p.m. May 14 at Conner Prairie. All events are free and open to the public.

    Rhodes is an award-winning playwright and author. She has written more than 20 plays that have been produced in theaters, high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. Her play, “Grandmothers Incorporated,” co-written with L. Barnett Evans and based on characters from their novel of the same name, enjoyed an extended off-Broadway run.

    Originally from Indianapolis, she has received the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Meet the Artist Award and the Dayton Book Expo Fiction Bestseller Award. She was selected as one of four featured Indiana authors in the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s Published She Wrote exhibit. Written Word Magazine named her as one of the 10 Up and Coming Authors in the Midwest.

    Rhodes has a master’s degree in sociology and has written for stage, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. A member of the Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers organization, her work is featured online at crystalrhodes.com.

    “Giving Voice: African-American’s Presence in Indiana’s History” is a collaboration between Conner Prairie and the Asante Children's Theatre. The project is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center and Madame Walker Theatre Center.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.