I will miss this one as I have tickets to the Ford’s Theatre to see a production of Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins Tuesday night.
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.
I'll be sure to have a recap of the show for you all come Wednesday, but in the mean time I suggest you CLICK HERE to learn more about Ford’s Theatre's upcoming season including performances of A Christmas Carol (December) and Little Shop of Horrors (March).