What a wonderful time to be doing this particular play during this Ferguson moment in our community and in our nation. Purlie Victorious rings the bell for freedom!
We have always been committed to producing work that was current, relevant and often times provocative.
As we open Season 38 here at Washington University’s Edison Theatre we are excited to continue our tradition of providing a theatrical lens through which we as a community can come together to experience American stories from a distinctly African American perspective.
We hope tonight to stimulate dialogue and to facilitate an exchange of ideas that will help to bring about a change in how we view our world. We are all capable of being “agents of change.” The time is now to stand up for justice!
” Our churches will say that segregation is immoral because it makes perfectly wonderful people, white and black, do immoral things. Our courts will say segregation is illegal because it makes perfectly wonderful people, white and black, do illegal things. And, finally, our theatre will say segregation is ridiculous because it makes perfectly wonderful people, white and black, do ridiculous things. That was the point I had in writing the play and that was the point I hope I have gotten across.”
Ossie Davis from PURLIE VICTORIOUS
Thank you for your support and I hope we will continue our dialogue all season long!
See you in the theatre!