Reluctant to cope with one more tragedy in a school—raise your hand if you feel me!—young activist Ya Girl is ready to call it quits on leading her million-plus Instagram followers in the fight for social justice. When Melba Pattillo Beals steps out of history and into Ya Girl’s phone 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 to raise their hands and make 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.
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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