Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Theatre Season Sheds a Leaf on DC at Ford's Theatre

The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre holds a unique place in United States and DC history. The theatre has enthralled millions of visitors since its reopening in 1968, and it is one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital.

Ford’s Theatre’s launches its 2009/2010 season tonight with a production of Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins.

Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly’s Last Jam) makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Washington director/playwright/actor Jennifer L. Nelson returns to Ford’s to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of “Jitney.”

Black Pearl Sings! includes the story of Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, who travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them.

Tickets are $25 to $49 HERE and CLICK HERE to learn more about their upcoming season including performances of A Christmas Carol (December) and Little Shop of Horrors (March).

Black Pearl Sings!
by Frank Higgins
directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
September 25-October 18, 2009

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