First Things

Something Theatrical

Show chronicling slave’s journey debuts

Ships, Shells and Chains, a series of short plays penned by Western Michigan University playwriting student Kendra Ann Flournoy, will be presented Feb. 22-25 at First Congregational Church, 345 W. Michigan Ave.

Presented by the Black Arts and Cultural Center’s Face Off Theatre Company and timed for Black History Month, the show tracks the journey of Naju from her village in West Africa to the U.S. as part of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, with each vignette providing a snapshot of her ordeal and how she copes and begins anew. The playwright is a founding member of the theater company.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $5-$10. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit FaceOffTheatre.com or call 359-0908.