Historic 3rd Ward Tour

3400 Main St, suite 285 Houston, TX 77002

The Catastrophic Theatre is proud to present the premiere of Historic Third Ward Virtual Tour created by Houston playwright, ShaWanna Renee Rivon. The tour is a virtual historical documentary: a collection of interviews, historical information, and storytelling by artists, activists, and community elders. To experience the tour, one does not even need to leave the comfort of their own home; the entire project can be accessed online and will be available to audiences outside Greater Houston. The tour’s website serves as a home base for all information, including a map and a virtual message board for participants to share their thoughts, experiences, and insights. Although the experience is virtual, the community is urged to use the map and get out to see the historic sites in person.Historic Third Ward Virtual tour is a collection of eight locations, collectively presenting a plethora of local black history. From the dance floor of the Eldorado Ballroom to the pews of Riverside Church, tour participants get a glimpse into a community known for its innovative leaders and infectious Black culture. The tour features an interview with Mr. John Crear, of The People’s Party II. Mr. Crear along with other party members share intimate tales of what it was like to be a part of the Black Panther Party, including a detailed account of the night Carl Hampton was assassinated by Houston police on Emancipation Ave.The film’s production crew includes video production from Nine30 Productions and Project Management provided by Dynasty Creatives. ShaWanna Renee Rivon is an award-winning and nationally renowned playwright and producer. ShaWanna’s success grew with urban plays such as Cheaper to Keep Her and Marriage Material, which starred Vivica Fox, Brian McKnight, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (of “TLC”), both of which toured nationally.

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