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Eudora Welty New Play Series

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A new program being offered during the season is The Mississippi Plays Series as part of The Eudora Welty New Plays Series. Staged readings of eight contemporary plays about Mississippi, or written by Mississippians, will be presented throughout the season.
In an effort to make sure we are serving all of our audiences, we will begin a new program call The Mississippi Plays, to present professionally staged readings of newer plays during the season that touch on Mississippi’s history and the history of the civil rights struggle.
I am excited to being the Mississippi Plays Series.  I think it is an excellent opportunity to focus on Mississippi as we celebrate the state’s 200 year bicentennial and look forward to the opening of the state’s new Mississippi History Museum and the Civil Rights Museum.
 -Francine Reynolds, Artistic Director

Saturday, January 20, 2018

7:30pm at New Stage Theatre

Glory! Glory!

Co-conceived by Leslie Jordan and Michael Lotus

Co-written by Leslie Jordan, Linda Burgess and William Dunlap

With original music by Travis Howard and Danny Myrick

Long before mega-churches and televangelists came on the scene, the Traveling Tent Revival meeting was a spirit-filled and entertainment staple of American life.

GLORY! GLORY! revisits this timeless tradition with an outrageous, over-the-top, musically gifted ensemble of actor/performers working from a script that embraces, to one extent or the other, all Seven Deadly Sins (pride, anger, gluttony, greed, lust, envy, and sloth, in case you’ve forgotten) – and then some.

Artistic Director/Producer – Francine Reynolds


Monday, October 16,2017

7pm at New Stage Theatre

Let it Shine! A Visit with Fannie Lou Hamer

by Frank Kuhn

She came into this world 100 years ago and, without a doubt, left it a better place. This new play depicts the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer as it recounts her path from sharecropper in Ruleville, Mississippi to civil rights activist for an entire nation. Through moving songs and stirring conversation, Sharon Miles channels Mrs. Hamer as she takes the audience through her inspiring journey.

Directed by Frank Kuhn

Starring Sharon Miles as Fannie Lou Hamer


Thursday, September 28,2017

7pm at New Stage Theatre

Hell in High Water

by Marcus Gardley

Set in Greenville Mississippi, Hell in High Water is an epic musical play that uproots the almost forgotten Mississippi flood of 1927, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history pre-Katrina. At the heart of the story are two fathers and sons: LeRoy Percy, a white cotton farmer, and his poet-son Will, and Joe Goodin, an African-American bootblack and his son James, a self-proclaimed lady’s man. Stranded on the levee with 180,000 other black folk Joe tries to preserve his way of life while James hopes to inspire change for the black people who are stranded. Likewise, LeRoy attempts to preserve his labor force by keeping the blacks in town but his son Will challenges his authority and what ensues is more destructive than any flood. Based on a true story, Hell in High Water is a powerful, illuminating history that reaffirms the enduring spirit of hope in a time of great poverty and devastation.

Reading is Directed by Reynolds

Cast:                                                                                                                                                                       Yohance Myles, Randall Bolden, Larry Wells, Xerron Mingo, Jessica Debolt, Kyle Daniels, Brianna Hill, Sharon Miles, Chris Roebuck, Mandy Kate Myers, Michael Kinslow, Charles Hampton, Cecil Hill, Ayanna Hill, Marquita Levy, and Kimberly Morgan Myles.