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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson (Sep 14 – Oct 7, 2018)
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical classics. This iconic figure is haunted by her fall from grace in society and yet no one can deny her artistry.
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In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (Mar 8-31, 2019)*
In The Blood is a modern day riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Part of Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Red Letter Plays Series: In The Blood tells the story of Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five illegitimate children. Labeled as a slut and denounced by the world around her, Hester pursues absolution.
Single Black Female by Lisa B. Thompson (May 3-19, 2019)*
Single Black Female (SBF) is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explores the lives of African American middle class women. We join these women as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amid a parade of stereotypical images. SBF was a featured selection from the August Wilson New Play Initiative. (Tickets on Sale February 1, 2019)
STAND UP! Book by Phyllis Curtwright (Jun 8 – 29, 2019)
Braving police brutality, high pressure water hoses, vicious dogs, racist taunts, and jail time, Birmingham school students march to reignite a stalled Civil Rights Movement. As we witness youth standing at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter and the March for Our Lives move-ments, we invite you to experience the story of the unsung heroes of 1963’s Birmingham Children’s Crusade.
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