The Till Trilogy: All Three Parts
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The Till Trilogy is a series of plays by noted playwright Ifa Bayeza that reflect on the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till, whose murder in 1955 remains one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Under the direction of the acclaimed Talvin Wilks, the three plays — The Ballad of Emmett Till, Benevolence, and the world premiere That Summer in Sumner — will star 10 actors performing in rotating repertory for the first time. Filled with music, poetry, and imagination, this rare theatrical event will honor the ongoing fight for racial justice in our country and offer audiences of all ages an opportunity for collective reckoning, reflection and response.
The Ballad of Emmett Till
October 4 – November 20, 2022
With music and magic, Ifa Bayeza’s Edgar Award-winning drama recounts the last two weeks of Emmett Till’s life on his journey from Chicago to Money, Mississippi in 1955. We meet a young man with boisterous energy and boundless charm whose fateful encounter with Caroline Bryant changes his life and our country forever.
That Summer in Sumner
October 5 – November 20, 2022
Drawn from courtroom transcripts, news accounts, and government records, That Summer in Sumner simulates the 1955 trial for the murder of Emmett Till with palpable energy and profound theatricality. Told from the perspective of three African-American journalists covering the event, this world premiere play takes audiences on a journey from 1955 to today and calls upon us to reimagine our tomorrow, together.
October 6 – November 20, 2022
A poignant and powerful look into the ripple effects of Emmett Till’s murder, Benevolence follows two couples – one Black and one White – as they process the role of violence and loss in their relationships and communities following his death. With rich language and harrowing honesty, Benevolence invites audiences to reflect upon how our collective history resonates in our personal lives today.
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