In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they’ve each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearl’s memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings! tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing.
Also Coming to the Summer Mainstage
Alice M. Gatling*
ALICE M. GATLING is excited to return to FST after appearing in brownsville song (b-side for tray), Ruined, and Black Pearl Sings!. Other credits include: WBTT in A Raisin in the Sun, Jar the Floor; Alley Theatre: The Mousetrap, Doubt, Our Lady of 121st St., The Exonerated, The Crucible; Arden Theatre: Under the Skin; Interact Theatre: Gidion’s Knot (Barrymore Best Actress); People’s Light: As You Like It, A Flea in Her Ear; Philadelphia Theatre Company: Hillary and Clinton; Stages Repertory Theatre: Nickel and Dimed; Main Street Theatre: The Secretary, Caroline or Change, Intimate Apparel; The Ensemble Theatre: Sassy Mamas, No Child…., The Piano Lesson, Fences, Flyin’ West.
RACHEL MOULTON In 11 years, 13 productions (5 world premieres) at FST. In her 4th Season as an Associate Artist and Development Associate. Notably: Paralyzed, Grounded, Maytag Virgin, Heisenberg, Honor Killing, Alabama Story, and Curious Incident of the Dog…. Select Regional: Pioneer Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage, and Florida Rep. Off-Broadway: The Mint, Theatre 777, and Zelda Fitzgerald in the world premiere of This Side of Paradise (Theatre at St. Clement’s). Training: Syracuse University, B.F.A. and Interlochen Arts Academy. Proud union member of AEA (17 yrs). RachelMoulton.com
Director | Kate Alexander
Scenic Designers | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer | Nia Safarr Banks
Costume Coordinator | Suzie Sajec
Lighting Designer | Ethan Vail
Sound Designer | Louis Vetter Torres
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Stage Management Intern | Sam Powers
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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