Up Next: The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

October 10th - 14th

in partnership with Site:Lab

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Miz Martha is coming: a new play that tells the story of slavery in America - in a way you’ve never seen before.

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Christmas Eve. 1800. Martha Washington, the "Mother of America,” is on her deathbed surrounded by slaves waiting to be freed the moment she dies. As “Miz Martha” slips into a series of fever dreams, she is confronted by the unspoken horrors of slavery she and her young country have been complacent to. Filled with sharp satire, clever humor, and a powerfully theatrical story, this acclaimed play from James Ijames holds a startling contemporary mirror up to the inaugural First Lady’s legacy and dares you to look away.

"[A] bold and theatrically bright new play…Ijames lets his imagination loose with MIZ MARTHA. The result is a skewered history that, like satire through the ages, has the ring of truth”

- NewsWorks.org

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Past Events

Summer 2018 Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

Summer 2017 Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

 Spring 2017       Ebony Road Players partnered with Grand Rapids Site Lab to produce Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67

Spring 2016         Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

Fall 2016            Ebony Road Players wins a collaborative Art Prize award with an original play by playwright Randy Wyatt "One Simple Question"

Spring 2015         "The Meeting" was performed again in February 2015  through a partnership with Calvin College's Office of Multicultural Affairs

Spring 2015         Ebony Road Players invited Black Lives Matter of Grand Rapids founder, Anita Moore, to lead audience discussions after the February performances of "The Meeting"

Spring 2015         Ebony Road Players presented its first commissioned play, "Blackbird" by Walter Lockwood. This one-act play is part of West Michigan's first Loving Day celebration. "Blackbird" was performed at both Wealthy Street Theater and Hope Reformed Church

February 2015         Ebony Road Players has implemented a theater education class for fourth graders at Coit Elementary School in downtown Grand Rapids

June 2014         "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf", Tracey Scott Wilson's The Story, Jeff Stetson's The Meeting, and Emily Mann's Having Our Say

Since 2014            We have led monthly theater workshops for adults and families at Wealthy Street Theater

 

 

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