"Vivid and sincere"
– DAILY HERALD

April 26 – June 1, 2008 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 35 minutes

A world premiere

The now legendary story of Emmett Till is believed by many to be the start of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. This world premiere, part history and part ghost story, is a jazz integration of past and present, the living and dead, factual accounts and creative interpolation. Chicago author Ifa Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of the story, creating a soaring work of music, brilliant poetry and theatricality.

 

 
Artists

By IFA BAYEZA, Directed by OZ SCOTT

Cast

KAREN ALDRIDGE - Lizabeth Wright / Sistuh Mary / Ruby Hurley
KIRK ANDERSON
 - Attorney J.J. Breedland / Elmer Kimbrell
PHILLIP JAMES BRANNON
 - Maurice Wright / Too Tight Collins / Willie Reed
JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD
 - Emmett "Bo" Till
CLIFF CHAMBERLAIN
 - Roy Bryant / Judge Curtis M. Swango
DEIDRIE HENRY
 - Mamie Till-Bradley
KRISTINA JOHNSON
 - Caroline Bryant
NAMBI E. KELLEY
 - Ruthie May Crawford / Amanda Bradley
BRIAN MCCASKILL
 - Special Prosecutor Robert Bruce Smith / Leslie Milam
MOROCCO OMARI
- Wheeler Parker / Dr. T.R.M. Howard/ H.L. Loggins
SAMUEL G. ROBERSON, JR. - Simeon Wright / Jimmy Hicks
CHRIS SULLIVAN - J.W. Milam / Sheriff Strider
JOHN WESLEY - Mose Wright / B.J. Washington

Creative Team and Crew

G.W. MERCIER - Scenic Design
MYRNA COLLEY-LEE - Costume Design
VICTOR EN YU TAN - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY - Sound Design
KATHRYN BOSTIC - Composer
JOHN BOESCHE - Projection Design
NICK SANDYS - Fight Consultant
TANYA PALMER - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager
T. PAUL LYNCH - Stage Manager