Black Pearl Sings! at San Jose Repertory Theater
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The last date listed for Black Pearl Sings! was Thursday September 23, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Working together with his then-partner Susan Sarandon, writer-performer Tim Robbins transformed t … More
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One of the best productions i have ever seen at SJR. I just became a subscriber because of the production quality. Beautiful powerful voices of the 2 performers. i would go again if i had the opportunity. Very moving, it clutches your heart.
Susannah, a white, driven ethnomusicologist for the Library of Congress, is on a quest to find authentic, pre-slavery, African-American music. When she encounters Texas prisoner Pearl Johnson, an unlikely partnership develops between the street-smart Pearl and the ambitious Susannah. It isn’t long before Pearl is belting out radiant, soul-baring songs with the strength and beauty of the unaccompanied human voice. These vocal artifacts remind us of the power of music to help heal in the struggle between our collective past and the desire for individual histories. Does our past define us, and at what cost?