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