TONIKA JOHNSON

Photographer & Englewood Activist

TONIKA JOHNSON

Folded Map - The Play

In January, the theatrical adaptation of Tonika Johnson’s Folded Map project debuted to four sold out shows part of social justice, theater company, Collaboraction’s performance series, Encounter. The play also had a feature performance in Englewood at Kennedy King College on February 9th to an audience of 300+. The production features vignettes of Tonika’s childhood in Englewood that led to her observations about Chicago’s segregation while attending Lane Tech College Prep High School on the North Side and during her daily commute there from Englewood. Actress Elana Elyce plays Tonika Johnson in the theatrical version of her project. Click to watch an excerpt of the play’s opening performance. *Video Credit: Butterfly Productions at www.jointheswarm.org.

In January, the theatrical adaptation of Tonika Johnson’s Folded Map project debuted to four sold out shows part of social justice, theater company, Collaboraction’s performance series, Encounter. Now Folded Map will come home to Englewood for a feature performance at Kennedy King College on February 9th at 6:30pm. The production features vignettes of Tonika’s childhood in Englewood that led to her observations about Chicago’s segregation while attending Lane Tech College Prep High School on the North Side and during her daily commute there from Englewood.

Actress Elana Elyce plays Tonika Johnson in the stage adaptation of her Folded Map project. Click to watch an excerpt of the play’s performance.

The mid-length, theatrical adaptation of Folded Map’s origin story debuted Friday, January 18, 9:30pm part of COLLABORACTION’s performance series, Encounter. The play features vignettes of Tonika’s childhood in Englewood that led to her observations about Chicago’s segregation while attending Lane Tech College Prep High School on the North Side and during her daily commute there from Englewood. As luck would have it, Chicago theater artist Brighid O’Shaughnessy turned out to be one of Johnson’s North side twins, which spurred this live stage adaptation. Don’t miss this chance to see several stories of the Folded Map twins presented live, on stage, and examine as a community what can be done to bridge the divide in Chicago.

In January, the theatrical adaptation of Tonika Johnson’s Folded Map project debuted to four sold out shows part of social justice, theater company, Collaboraction’s performance series, Encounter. The play also had a feature performance in Englewood at Kennedy King College on February 9th to an audience of 300+. The production features vignettes of Tonika’s childhood in Englewood that led to her observations about Chicago’s segregation while attending Lane Tech College Prep High School on the North Side and during her daily commute there from Englewood. Actress Elana Elyce plays Tonika Johnson in the theatrical version of her project.

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