Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One-Night-Only Benefit Event Pairs Theatre Legend with Rising Star

‘Lou, Q and You at e2’ set to raise funds for On Q, Charlotte’s black theatre company

By Valaida Fullwood, Contributor

Charlotte, NC – The evening of Tuesday, April 9, an intimate dinner and theatre experience is scheduled at Emeril’s Eatery, better known as e2, to benefit On Q Performing Arts.  In the spotlight will be an unscripted dialogue between Quentin "Q" Talley (pictured right), founder and artistic director of On Q theatre company, and his mentor Lou Bellamy (left), founder and artistic director of the renowned Penumbra Theatre in St Paul, MN.

Last summer, Talley became one of only six theatre professionals, nationwide, awarded a Leadership U fellowship, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group.  During the 2012-13 fellowship, Talley is in residence at Penumbra and benefits from professional coaching from the legendary Bellamy.

An Obie Award-winning director, accomplished actor and sought-after scholar, Bellamy has led Penumbra in producing 23 world premieres, including August Wilson's first professional production. Penumbra has the proud distinction of having produced more of Wilson's plays than any other theatre in the world.  In addition to his theatre company, Bellamy has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for 32 years and is currently associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

Talley, an award-winning next-gen theatre professional, is a poet, actor, director and producer.  In 2006, he founded the theatre company, On Q Performing Arts.  He earned the 2008 Emerging Artist of the Year Award from Metrolina Theatre Association and was named a Roundtable Artist by Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at the Sundance Institute.  As part of his current fellowship, he is working nationwide in major regional theatres.

Tickets for the benefit are $100 per person, which includes a three-course New Orleans-inspired meal and wine at the restaurant e2.  Located in uptown Charlotte, e2 sustains Chef Emeril Lagasse’s reputation for comfort, warm service and delicious food.

Support of this fundraiser and ongoing attendance at On Q performances are vital to sustain the nonprofit theatre company’s vision, mission and extraordinary storytelling.

To purchase a ticket, go to for information or call 704-589-9146.

About On Q Performing Arts, Inc.
Founded in 2006, On Q Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company dedicated to educating and producing classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the black experience, especially that of the African American.   For additional information, visit and for media inquiries, call 704.261.5290 or email    

Story submitted by Valaida Fullwood
Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer and project strategist.  She is a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists and author of “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.”  She also serves on the founding board of On Q Performing Arts.  On Twitter, follow @ValaidaF and @BlkGivesBackCLT.

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