Eisa Davis' WARRIORS DON'T CRY opens 9/11 (Nashville) — Eisa Davis , Tennessee Women's Theater Project — AAPEX

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eisa Davis' WARRIORS DON'T CRY opens 9/11 (Nashville)

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The Tennessee Women's Theatre Project presents Warriors Don’t Cry, a riveting one-woman show adapted from the diary/memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine, by the Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis. We open September 11 at the Looby Theater for 11 performances through September 27, with a special added show at Scarritt-Bennett Center on 9/22

As one of nine African American students chosen in 1957 to integrate the 2,000-student Central, Melba endured a year punctuated by telephone threats, shouting mobs, military escorts, rogue police, firebomb and acid-throwing attacks, economic blackmail, and finally, a price on her own head. With the help of her English-teacher mother, her fellow warriors of the Little Rock Nine, and her gun-toting, Shakespeare-quoting grandmother, Melba survived.

Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis originally adapted Warriors Don't Cry for Cornerstone Theatre, Los Angeles. Our production is presented with the permission of Ms. Beals.

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1 comment:

  1. We saw the "Warrior's Don't Cry" performance last night and we were spellbound! Vilia Steele portrayed each character so well, it was hard to imagine that she was the only one on stage. The play was packed with emotion and full of energy. There were times to cry and laugh throughout this very important depiction in our history. We truly have seen the birth of an exceptional young actress and I am quite sure we will see her around for many years to come. Bravo!! Cudos to Maryanna Clark!