Nellie: New Play Tells the True Story of Nellie Stone Johnson
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Professor C.C. Heintzeman was a visionary educator who used music to change the lives of Minneapolis factory-working boys in the early 1900s. In playwright Dominic Orlando's world-premiere musical, romance, patriotism and the approaching thrum of World War I weave together in a celebration of Heintzeman's life and the rough-and-tumble young men who formed the Working Boys Band under his tutelage. Put on by History Theatre, a company devoted to exploring the rich history of Minnesota, Working Boys Band is a tribute to the power of music, compassion and discipline. Learn More
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Civil rights and labor activist Nellie Stone Johnson was a Minnesota hero. Her feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political force to be reckoned with on issues of social justice, labor rights, and equality.
Before she became the first black person to be elected to citywide office in Minneapolis… Before she was the first woman vice-president of the Minnesota Culinary Council and the first woman vice-president of Local 665 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union… Before she became an active member of the NAACP and the National Coalition of Negro Women, the National League of Women Voters, the DFL Affirmative Action Committee and the DFL Feminist Caucus… Before she was a board member of the Minnesota Urban League…
Before all of that, she began her remarkable life as a young African-American woman who moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to Minneapolis to attend the U of M in the early 1930s. In the face of discrimination at her job, Nellie fought back by organizing workers to form a union, and started breaking any and all race or gender barriers that stood in her way.
Nellie is a world premiere commissioned and developed at History Theatre with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is written by Kim Hines, directed by Richard D. Thompson, and features Greta Oglesby and Shá Cage as Nellie Stone Johnson. They are joined by an ensemble that includes Ron Collier, Lynnea Monique Doublette, James Craven, Jen Maren, Charles Fraser and Tom Winner.
The running time is approximately two hours and 10 minutes.