SEASON 69

It Ain't Nothin' BUT THE BLUES
Based on an original idea by Ron Taylor
Directed By Donald Owens

September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30,
October 1 2, 7, 8, 9 2022 

 

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a musical written by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor, and Dan Wheetman. It was originally produced at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and later presented by the Crossroads Theatre, in association with San Diego Repertory Theatre and Alabama Shakespeare Festival in New York City at the New Victory Theatre, Lincoln Center and Broadway's Ambassador Theater, where it garnered five Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

The musical traces the history of "blues" music with more than three dozen songs. Ron Taylor acted as singing narrator. From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain't Nothin but the Blues, is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summon the true soul of African American music. Over two Dozen musical numbers are included, among them "I'm your Hoochie Man," "Goodnight, Irene," "Fever," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Let the Good Times Roll."

 

 

THE FACE OF EMMETT TILL 
by Mamie Till- Mobley 

On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till was brutally murdered. Fifty years later, on June 2, 2005, the F.B.I. reopened the case. The Face of Emmett Till is a true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Miss., was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two white men who claimed they wanted to teach him a lesson for "allegedly" whistling at a local white woman. The horror and the brutality of this crime were magnified even more when his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the fateful decision to invite the media to the funeral where she had an open casket. The shocking pictures were published by the American Black press and were later republished around the world. The ramifications of this act are still being felt today. As retold for the first time within a creative, nonfictional genre by Mamie Till-Mobley, the play chronicles this tragedy, its aftermath, and her heroic crusade for justice. The year 2005 commemorates the 50th anniversary of this incident, which has rightfully been called "the hate crime that changed America" and in fact sparked the Civil Rights movement; two months after the death of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks stood up against Jim Crow and helped spearhead the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott. She has often cited the tragic death of Emmett Till as one of a myriad of reasons she refused to give her seat to a white passenger.

 

 

October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30,  
 

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U Thought I Was Him 
Conceived and Directed by Troy Burton
 

November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20,
25, 26, 27

 

The U Thought I Was Him project is the expansion of the existing short film “U Thought I Was Him” to a full stage play in the form of a chroeopoem. The chroeopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry, dance, short stories and music. As producer, director and contributing playwright,
Troy Burton will bring a stage production about healing from many deep rooted, generational traumas and racial affronts that many face today.

 

His approach of using poetry, monologues, comedy, tragedy, music and movement will
provide the balance of entertainment and educational awareness. The workshops developed script are the results of several community conversations with other artists/creatives.

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