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