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Emmett, Down in my Heart

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Historical text, music, and immersive staging interweave to tell the story of the horrific lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 Mississippi.

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During this time of the Black Lives Matter movement and national unrest in the wake of the Ferguson verdict, Clare Coss' provocative and poetic new play tells the story of fourteen-year-old African-American Emmett Till, his brutal slaying for allegedly wolf whistling at a white woman, the ensuing trial that acquitted the murderers, and the chord struck in the national consciousness, as both black and white faced profound truths about their humanity and responsibility.


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