• ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
2015-2016 | SEASON 24

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BLACK PEARL SINGS!

OCT 30 31 NOV 6 7 8 13 14 15 | FRI & SAT 8PM  SUN 2PM 

by Frank Higgins

DRAMA WITH MUSIC | Music unites strangers and bridges racial divisions in this powerful story.  It’s 1935 and an ambitious white song collector for the Library of Congress visits a Texas prison where she meets Pearl, an African-American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit.

Black Pearl not only sings, but soars. This is a play of discovery—of self, of personal power, of the importance of heritage—but it is also a vivid reminder that the things that connect us are often stronger than the things which divide us.”— Broadway World

directed by CELIA FRANK
stage manager: DEBRA HARVEY
assistant stage manager: MELANIE ARDEN


 

.. wonderful and unique.. songs are haunting at times.. with a mystic note of communication and understanding.. impressive performances by Ms. Hunt and Ms. Russe are not to be missed. Their voices are warm and rich, and their performances true to the playwright’s intent. | READ FULL REVIEW
− Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom, EU Jacksonville
photography by SUSAN J ROCHE
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THE CAST .
Chelsea Love Hunt
CHELSEA LOVE HUNT
as Alberta “Pearl” Johnson
Gretchen Russe
GRETTA RUSSE
as Susannah Mullally
PRODUCTION TEAM .

set design: JENNIFER FORTUNE
costume design: AMY TILLOTSON
lighting design: BRYAN FRANK
sound design: CARYL BUTTERLEY, BRYAN FRANK
light board operator: ANDREW McCRANEY
properties: ASHLEY MACKO, CARYL BUTTERLEY
set construction: BRYAN FRANK, GORDON FRANK
lighting crew: GORDON FRANK
poster design: SHEPHERD
website and social media marketing: CARYL BUTTERLEY
program: CELIA FRANK, DAGHER PRINTING
photography: SUSAN ROCHE, MELANIE ARDEN
opening night reception: AUDREY DEARBORN, BEV DENEEN, CAROL KALATA, PETE DOWLING, JENNIFER FORTUNE, JOHNNY MILLER, THERESA ROOKEY, WALTER KRUPINSKI, KEN ROOKEY

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