Inspired by real events, this fantasia for two actors imagines life of the unknown 14-year-old black girl whose death at the hands of a white cop that ignited one of the worst race riots in American history. More…
In 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, 14 year-old Vivian was shot by a white cop, sparking a brutal race riot. No one knew anything about her: just her name, her age, and how she died. "Vivian's Music, 1969" imagines Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend who's back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other before the city explodes?
See it if Two characters follow parallel hopeful stories that intersect in tragedy. Racism poisons the dreams of both black and white people.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a small intimate play with no set or props. You don't want more insight into the impact of prejudice.
See it if very, very moving story based on a horrible act of racial violence almost 50 years ago told thru 2 separate monologues which converge
Don't see it if you need elaborate sets & props to convey a story, you don't want to tear up
See it if you want sensitive telling of a tender story with fine acting and a spine of our country's shameful history of race relations.
Don't see it if you want a typical drama with direct confrontation of characters and a set.
See it if you're interested in a beautiful, poetic, sharp, sparse, detailed, heartfelt story that proves theater only needs words & hearts.
Don't see it if you need huge production values, are not in the mood to be told a story. But there's really no reason not to see this - affecting & moving.
See it if you aren't familiar with the origins of the Black Panther movement. Great acting and compelling, well-fleshed out characters.
Don't see it if you're looking for a light-hearted night of theatre. Some violence referenced.
See it if ...you enjoy great writing and simple, honest staging. Direct address w no set. It’s like a play told in memory - excellent & strong acting
Don't see it if ...you’re looking for flashy scenery, fun fluffy story, or simple entertainment as this is heartfelt and thought-provoking. I’ve seen it 2x!