by Ifa Bayeza
directed by Yolanda Franklin & Claudio Raygoza
The now legendary story of Emmett Till is believed by many to be the spark that ignited the modern civil rights movement and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. Till was a 14-year-old Chicago resident who was brutally tortured and murdered for allegedly flirting with a white women while visiting family in Money, Mississippi. This provocative piece of theater — part history, part ghost story — is a jazz integration of past and present, the living and dead, of factual accounts and creative interpolation. Author Ifa Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of this gripping and tragic story, aiming for a soaring work of moving music, potent poetry and rich theatricality.
Featuring: Dwaine Collier, Rhys Greene, Portia Gregory, Cortez Johnson, Tamara McMillian & Grandison Phelps III
When – Previews: July 1-7; Media Opening: July 8, 4pm; Public Opening: July 8, 8pm; Runs July 8-22; Thu – Saturday @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm