SPECIAL EVENT:

The Till Trilogy

PART ONE
The Ballad of Emmett Till 
A Concert Reading
Written and directed by Ifa Bayeza
June 12, 2018
7:00 PM

The now legendary story of Emmett Till is believed by many to be the start of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. This widely acclaimed dramatization recounting the last two weeks of young Emmett’s life, is a jazz integration of past and present, the living and dead, factual accounts and creative interpolation. Chicago author and director Ifa Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of the story, creating a soaring work of music, poetry, and theatricality.

NOTICE: PART ONE OF THE TILL TRILOGY IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CONTACT MARIA BENZIE AT MARIA@MOSAICTHEATER.ORG TO BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST

PART TWO
Benevolence 
A Concert Reading
Written and directed by Ifa Bayeza
June 18, 2018
7:00 PM

 

Continues to explore the epic saga of Civil Rights icon Emmett Louis Till. Benevolence recounts the transformation of two couples in the Mississippi Delta, including Till’s alleged murder, Ray Bryant, and his twin brother, Roy. Like the land in its time, the play is segregated. The Act I couple is white, the Act II couple is black. A quartet of actors plays all the characters. 

 
 
PART THREE
That Summer in Sumner
A Concert Reading
Written by Ifa Bayeza
Directed by Victoria Murray Baatin
June 25, 2018
7:00 PM

 

The conclusion of The Till Trilogy.  The 1955 trial of Emmett Till's accused murderers, Roy Bryant and JW Milam.

 
 
 

Ifa Bayeza (Playwright/Director) is an award-winning theater artist and novelist. Her critically acclaimed drama The Ballad of Emmett Till premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and was awarded a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference fellowship and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play. The Ballad made its West Coast premiere at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, garnering six Ovation Awards, including Best Production; four Drama Desk Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Production; and the Backstage Garland Award for Best Playwriting. Bayeza has recently expanded The Ballad into The Till Trilogy, recounting the epic Civil Rights saga from three distinct vantage points. The Mosaic Theater readings will be the first time the three plays have been presented together. Other innovative works for the stage include Ta’zieh—Between Two Rivers; Welcome to Wandaland; String Theory and Homer G & the Rhapsodies in The Fall of Detroit, for which she received a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award. Musicals include Charleston Olio, a Fred Ebb Musical Theatre Award finalist, and Kid Zero with music by multiple Grammy-nominee Harvey Mason. Bayeza is also a novelist, debuting with the “gorgeous” (NY Times), “magical” (Elle), “dazzling” (Essence) Some Sing, Some Cry, co-authored with her sister Ntozake Shange. A graduate of Harvard University and formerly Distinguished Artist-in-Residence and Sr. Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University, the 2014 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellow holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 
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