"Live From Sour Apple" – Ep22 Wendell Tucker Edition
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Former CHA resident and Chicago Native, Wendell Tucker is no stranger to adversity. He has come a long way from his humble beginnings in the Robert Taylor Homes and Stateway Gardens. At age 28, Wendell Tucker has taken the road less traveled and in the process left an indelible mark on the world of theater.
On January 8, 2009, Wendell Tucker stepped out into the professional theater arena of Chicago, with his hit play “I Still Love H.E.R. (atributetohiphop)” and instantly began to set a standard for new urban theater. Whereas the vast majority of African American Theaters in Chicago cater towards the elder generation or children, Wendell and Theori Productions Inc decided to speak to the Hip-Hop Generation. Armed with years of training at Chicago State University, The North Carolina Black Repertory Theater, The ETA Foundation and the Negro Ensemble Company of New York, to say that he is prepared to lead the next generation of playwrights is an understatement.
That is not to say that his newfound achievements have come without struggle. As with many young people raised in the CHA Housing Projects, during his teenage years Wendell found himself in the center of the wrong crowd and making poor life decisions. These troubled years would culminate with him being expelled from Whitney M. Young High School and Chicago Public Schools. He would soon find himself at Olive Harvey Middle College H.S., an alternative high school, and under their tutelage and guidance he would rediscover his love for the arts and begin upon a new path.
Today, Wendell is focusing far more on his future than his past. After months of stellar reviews and sold out performances, his show "I Still Love H.E.R. (atributetohiphop)", has been extended for a six month run at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts. Since opening night in January, the underground sensation has exploded into a mainstream powerhouse, garnering much acclaim. “‘I Still Love H.E.R.’ is an important step towards the healing of an ailing generation,” said director and playwright Wendell Tucker. Future projects take on Suicide amongst Black Males, Gang Violence and the debilitating condition of post-partum depression. With relevant subject matter, a fresh new voice and training at the hands of masters of theater, “Chicago’s August Wilson” is ready to take the world by storm.
Wendell J. Tucker, Executive Producer
Theori Productions Inc.