Literature to Life Stage PresentationBased on the Novel If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, ã 1974Adapted and Directed by Elise ThoronPerformed by Channie Waites
James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk is a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. Young lovers, Tish and Fonny, discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby is born. This story of one family's fight for justice in a society where institutional discrimination has the power to destroy lives will resonate with audiences from all walks of life.
This fifty-minute solo performance is told through Tish's point of view as well as Fonny's. The whole story describes the strength and courage of the Rivers family and how they stuck together until the end. The tone of the story is both sad and sweet. The content is very explicit with mature scenes.
Literature to Life
Virginia Repertory Theatre’sHarriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Book and Lyrics by Douglas JonesMusic by Ron Barnett
This stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world.
Virginia Repertory Theatre
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470