DU Alumna India McDougle is proud to present with the Dillard University Theater Department a Black History Production “Do You Know Who You Are?,” an original musical, written and directed by her.
The show opens on Friday, Feb. 27 and runs through Sunday, Mar. 8 in the Cook Fine Arts Center Theatre on Dillard’s campus. Two of the eight performances are 10 a.m. matinees for local area schools.
An intergenerational ensemble, that includes youth ages 4 to 14, will guide the audience through music and dance on a journey that covers over 300 years of black history beginning in West Africa in the 18th Century. Consisting of eight scenes, the production will take the audience from Africa and the kidnapping of 12-year-old Oladuah Equiano into slavery with slave narratives; the civil war which spotlights the 54th regiment; the Harlem Renaissance; the Great Depression; the civil rights movement and the Black Panther Party; a homage to famous blacks; and end with a conversation about the future. Members of the cast are also participants in Dillard University’s Theatre Arts Summer Camp.
In addition to the live performance, Dillard student organizations including Zeta Phi Beta, Dillard Nursing Program, Gamma Sigma Rho, as well as Miss Dillard and her court, have recreated visual presentations of different eras of black history on display in the lobby and hallways of the theater. General admission tickets are $15 and $10 for students and senior citizens.To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.
“Do You Know Who You Are?”
|Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m.
|Friday, Mar. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 8 at 3 p.m.