Music unites strangers and bridges racial divisions in this powerful story based on real life events. It’s 1933, and an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress visits a Texas prison where she meets Pearl, an African-American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit. Featuring more than a dozen beautiful a cappella renditions of spirituals and American folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! explores what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and fighting for one’s soul in a world where anyone can be a commodity. BroadwayWorld describes the play as “…a vivid reminder that the things that connect us are often stronger than the things which divide us.”
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Playwright William Shagspeare is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the most powerful man in England, to write the true historical account of a failed terrorist attempt to kill King James I. But as Shag and his renowned theatrical troupe rehearse the so-called Gunpowder Plot play, they suspect the King’s version might be a cover-up. Confronted with a moral and artistic dilemma, the actors attempt to negotiate the thin and treacherous line between speaking truth to power and hanging onto life and limb.
Single tickets go on sale July 31st.
Audience members will frame their experience of Present Music’s chamber concert by choosing from one of four intimate concert spaces. From within the intimate and eclectic art space of the Jazz Gallery, the exquisite art collection of a private home, or the gracious warmth of the Woman’s Club, the concert experience will be inspired by “Give Chance a Piece”, changeable music that is altered by a roll of the dice. Experience a private and cozy atmosphere with the Present Music Ensemble.
by Tarell Alvin McCraney Feb. 21 – March 18, 2018 Studio Theatre
Directed by Marti Gobel Featuring Marques Causey, Travis Knight and Andrew Muwongé
Ogun Size is focused and straightforward, dedicating himself to his career running an auto repair shop. His younger brother Oshoosi wanders aimlessly after his recent release from prison, uninterested in following Ogun’s disciplined path. Each seeks to be free — Ogun of worry for his brother and Oshoosi simply of the bayou country of Louisiana. So when Elegba, a man who served time with Oshoosi, arrives with an offer of a free car, the gift becomes a temptation – and perhaps a trap. Based on West African myths and rich in poetry and song, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s profound play is a tough and tender drama about what it means to brother and be brothered.
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