Thursday, March 1, 2012

Black Pearl Sings!

 I went to a delightful play tonight at UT's Clarence Brown Theatre.

Black Pearl Sings! is set during the Great Depression and it tells the story of a white music archivist for the Library of Congress who travels to a Texas prison farm to record lost black folk music from an inmate there.
The play touches on topics including friendship, family and tackles tougher ones like inequality and murder.

There are no spoilers in this post so rest easy, Joy and Chandra :)

For more, here's one review by WUOT, the local NPR affiliate, and another by the Knoxville News Sentinel. The play runs through March 11.

During the show, I was pleasantly surprised when one of the actresses invited the audience to join in on a couple of the songs.

Tonight's performance included interpretation for the hearing impaired. This was a treat for me because during intermission, I had a chance to use my sign language and I briefly chatted with one of the guests who was hard-of-hearing. (We were actually in line in the bathroom so we didn't talk about deep things. Just casual stuff.)

Some scenes from tonight:

                                     The stage during intermission

                                  The stage at the end of the performance

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