"Jar the Floor" at eta Nominated for Jeff (Chicago) — Cheryl L West , eta Creative Arts , Jar the Floor — AAPEX

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Jar the Floor" at eta Nominated for Jeff (Chicago)

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Jar the Floor, Cheryl L. West's contemporary unflinching exploration of familial bonds shared among women has been nominated for a Jeff Award, Chicago' s highest honor in theater. 

In this powerful piece produced by eta Creative Arts Foundation, four generations gather to celebrate MaDear's 90th birthday. Over the course of the celebration ghosts, secrets, and a surprise party guest test the boundaries of already fragile relationships. New York Magazine called the play "…a moving and hilarious account of a black family sparring in a Chicago suburb…" 

Directed by Ilesa Duncan, Jar the Floor features Shirl Shang (MaDear), Felisha McNeal (Lola), Valerie Banks (Maydee) Krystel McNeil (Vennie) and Amanda Hartley (Raisa). Understudies are Paulette Flowers and Nicole Haskins

Jar the Floor runs through May 12, 2013 at eta Square, 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue. Show times are 8 pm Fri and Sat; 3 pm Sundays. General admission is $30 with student, senior and group rates. For tickets and information, call 773-752-3955 or visit www.etacreativearts .org.


  1. Valerie Banks was removed from the production 2 weeks before opening. Her role was taken over by her understudy, Nicole Michelle Haskins. Congratulations to the Cast and Production Team.

  2. I really loved Jar the Floor! It was a very true to heart production. Every character was so close to home and Lola stole the show.