Manhood & Glory Takes Center Stage in Illegal Use of Hands
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A white woman and an escaped slave form an unlikely but extraordinary friendship on the eve of civil war in the stirring musical drama, Dessa Rose. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the award-winning duo behind the musical Ragtime and the new Broadway musical Rocky, the musical weaves fact and fiction as it reveals each woman's struggle for a different kind of freedom. Ruth Sutton is a white woman abandoned by her husband and living alone on an isolated farm. Dessa Rose is an escaped slave on the run from a bloody slave rebellion, with a newborn infant to protect. Desperate and with nowhere left to turn, Dessa Rose seeks refuge with Ruth. Hidden in the Alabama backwater, the two women form an uneasy alliance that ultimately transcends racial barriers. Together they find the strength to confront the world on their own terms in a journey that is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always uplifting and inspiring. Learn More
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Great new work with both comedy and drama. The acting was strong. I liked that it made me think.
About Victory Gardens & Richard Christiansen Theater
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Jan Kallish, Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Our core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities.
About American Blues Theater
In 1985, American Blues Theater’s Founding Ensemble members produced our inaugural world premiere about the working person’s struggle. Twenty-seven years later, we still find this subject timeless and poignant. You witness examples of the competition and anxiety in offices, homes, and farms throughout the United States. This fight plays out in stadiums and entertainment venues as well. You’ll root for your local artists season after season, applaud their merit and skill, and talk about critics’ fate-making judgments.