Come join Playwright Shywanee Manson’s Stage Play Production “When You Cry, I Cry” which sheds light on the senseless violence against our youth

Shywanee L. Manson
Phone: (708) 770-7936

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago, IL/August 23, 2014 – Author/Playwright, Shywanee L. Manson is proud to stage an encore performance of the hit stage play “When You Cry, I Cry” on August 23, 2014 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL – Tickets: $35.00 (

The spectacular cast includes America’s sweetheart, BerNadette Stanis (Thelma from the hit television series, Good Times), Gary “Lil G” Jenkins (from the R&B Group, Silk), Edgar “Gemini” Porter (from the R&B Group, Men at Large), and Chicago’s very own, Brian Da Wildcat Smith.

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

. . . FUNNY, YET SERIOUS! This is a must-see play!!!

Rated E – For Everyone! We welcome community activist Andrew Holmes to our theatrical outreach.

After police have left the scene, the cameras stop rolling, the yellow tape has been removed, the teddy bears are collected, and the media has moved on to the next young victim in the neighborhood… This is a tale of a family left mourning.

Gangs and youth violence have been a serious problem in our city for several years now. This fact is widely known, but we need to accept that over the years not enough has been done to deal with the underlying drivers of the violence. Gangs and serious youth violence are the product of the high levels of social breakdown and disadvantage found in the communities in which they thrive, but they are also a key driver of that breakdown. Gangs create a culture of violence and criminality that prevents the very things that can help transform those communities; community mobilization and economic enterprise are near impossible in neighborhoods gripped by fear.

When You Cry, I Cry seeks to illuminate this often unseen, yet very present, aspect of Chicago gun violence. The play hopes to ignite a powerful search for a solution. The theater is an interesting prevention medium. This form of entertainment-education has been found to be effective, particularly among adolescents. The benefits of a production like “When You Cry, I Cry” includes its ability to reach many people, specifically Chicago youth, yet still maintain a feeling of intimacy and comedy.

In When You Cry, I Cry, another young person loses their life due to the rampant violence in Chicago. After the story breaks, the news cameras eventually retreat—but the victim’s family can’t hide from their grief. When You Cry, I Cry delves into the emotional struggles that mark the aftermath of death, from anger and sadness to laughter and reflection.

Shywanee L. Manson doesn’t flinch away from difficult subject matter. The writer, director, and founder of Shyfox Productions turns her unblinking artistic eye on issues such as domestic violence and the spread of HIV, crafting galvanizing stage dramas that call audiences to action. Her first sold-out play, Apology from One Sista’ To Another, spurred conversations about violence against women, and was nominated for a Chicago Truth Award for “Best Stage Play.” Her next, My Sista’ I’m Sorry, also sold out performances and raised much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS research. My Brotha’, I Apologize followed, bringing a lighter touch to the stage thanks to its star, comedian Damon Williams, and her latest, When You Cry, I Cry continues her tradition of addressing serious topics with warmth and respect.

When You Cry, I Cry is a tale of love, grief and healing, together with lots of comedy to lighten the mood of said topic.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Shywanee L. Manson, please refer to contact information noted above.


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