The play, illustrating the struggles and turbulent times of the 1960s South, will be directed by Lundeana Thomas, African American Theatre Program director, Shay Youngblood's play combines storytelling, music and dance in recalling family stories based on the strong "Big Mamas" who watched over and guided her.
"The play honors the ancestors and others who have gone on before us," Thomas said. "An orphaned young girl's upbringing is left in the hands of women in the community who teach her the important lessons of life and help her face the world. She remembers them through their pearls of wisdom."
"Family stories, both funny and sad, are treasured by all us," Thomas said. "They say that no one is truly dead unless they are forgotten and the actors in the play bring these wise women to life."
Thomas has tweaked the play to add spirituals and blues to honor Glenda Dickerson, the second African-American women to direct a Broadway play, who passed away earlier this year.
Including the daily 8:00 PM performances Wednesday through Sunday there is also a 3:00 PM Sunday matinee.
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