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.
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