Since 1971, this theater has been staging original or seldom-seen dramatic works by African-American writers from Chicago and beyond. Along with Black Ensemble Theater (which performs at the Uptown Center Hull House, 4520 N. Beacon St.; tel. 773/769-4451;, this is one of the best African-American theater troupes in the city. The company stages four plays a year in its 200-seat theater.