Night Blooms opens September 28

Virginia Rep is opening their 2012-13 Signature Season with”Night Blooms” at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire) on September 28. Virginia Rep, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and Richmond Magazine are collaborating to record oral histories related to the civil rights movement. For more information or to share your personal story, visit the here.

From Virginia Rep:

Night Blooms is inspired by the playwright’s own family history and tells the story of two families (one white and one black) in Selma, Alabama in 1965 on the eve of the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery. As history is being made and tension mounts in the streets, the matriarch of the white family focuses on her night blooming cereus and the party she is planning to celebrate the single bloom of the summer. She requires her African American maid to come in on her day off to prepare for the party, unaware that the maid’s son and her own son are among the marchers. The play examines the civil rights movement from the perspective of the two families.

Read a post written by the playwright on the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden blog about the night blooming cereus here.

Buy tickets here or call 804.282.2620. Talkbacks will follw the third Thursday and second Saturday performances and will last approximately twenty minutes.

See an interview with playwright Margaret Baldwin here.

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