After hearing Ya Girl, a high school student with over 1 million followers on Instagram, struggle to make sense of today’s tumultuous world, Melba Pattillo steps out of history to share the story of her battle to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Ya Girl learns to see herself in Melba—and in all the young warriors who came before her who raised their hands and made a difference.
Inspired by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals’s Little Rock Nine memoir Warriors Don’t Cry, this production is a catalyst for deeper discussion about social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, and community engagement.
Warriors Don’t Cry is co-conceived by award-winning playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand) and director Tamilla Woodard (Associate Director, Hadestown), featuring original music by Toshi Reagon, spoken word, and video projection. This production is a collaboration between The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorksUSA.
Recommended Grade Levels: 6th – 12th
Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Music, Technology, Social Studies
Themes: Empowered Youth, Technology, Civil Discourse, Social Justice, Activism, Freedom
Tickets: $12 per person. Groups of 15 or more: $10 per person & groups will receive one free chaperone ticket with every 15 paid. Additional chaperone tickets available for $10 per person.
Special Assistance: The Garde is equipped with wheelchair seating positions and accessible bathrooms. Wireless listening systems are available by reservation. Please indicate special needs at the time of your reservation. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra only.
TICKETS or QUESTIONS: Call the Garde Box Office at (860) 444-7373 ext 1. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Due to time constraints the Garde requires that students arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to performance time.
This performance is part of the DOMINION ENERGY SCHOOLTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES