Written by George Brant
OCT 17-NOV 10, 2019
THE FRONT PORCH ARTS COLLECTIVE
Directed by Pascale Florestal
Music Directed by Erica Telisnor
Scenic Design Baron E. Pugh
Assistant Scenic Design Michelle Sparks
Lighting Design Kathleen Zhou
Sound Design John Stone
Sound Operator Denzil Kakol
Costume Design Michelle Villada
Properties Master Cesara Walters
Production Stage Manager Julie Marie Langevin*
Production Associate Shauwna Grillo
Technical Director Tori Oakes
Get your front-row seat
to music history in the making!
Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a musical legend in her time and a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Gospel, guitar and the godmother of rock-n-roll.
Photos: Nile Scott Studios.
MARIE AND ROSETTA
Celebrated for her ferocious guitar playing and swinging gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe broke boundaries and influenced rock 'n' roll's earliest icons.
Set in 1940's Mississippi, Marie and Rosetta shows the legendary icon rehearsing with her young protegee, Marie Knight, as the two prepare to embark on a tour that will ultimately cement them as one of the greatest musical duos in history.
STUDENT MATINEE AND GROUP SALES AVAILABLE
Call Bryan Miner at 781-587-7907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE PORCH
The Front Porch Arts Collective, in residence at Central Square Theater, is a new black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater. The Front Porch namesake signifies a communal gathering place—a communal spirit which inspires its members to serve communities of color and the greater Boston area by producing art that is welcoming to all audiences and inspires a more tolerant and inclusive Boston.
THE FRONT PORCH VISION
• Examine the interactions between race, culture, economics, ability, gender, and sexuality from the black and brown perspective
• Challenge the biased narratives of black and brown people in America
• Increase representation on stage, back stage, in the office, audience and in the boardroom
• Endeavor to retain black and brown talent in Boston
• Train the next generation of black and brown theater artists to address societal change through theater.
Jared Bowen, WGBH
Jackie Chianca, Wicked Local
Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
Jeanne Denizard, The Sleepless Critic
Celina Colby, The Bay State Banner
Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages
Julie-Anne Whitney, The Theater Mirror
Bobby Franklin, Boxing Over Broadway
Gretchen Haga, The Heights
Shiyanbade Animashaun, The New England Theatre Geek
Front Porch And GBSC Tell The Untold Story Of The Mother Of Rock 'N' Roll Rosetta Tharpe, WBUR The ARTery
Rediscovering African-American Rock And Roll Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wonderland
Check out Sister Rosetta Tharpe on NPR's Turning The Tables: 8 Women Who Invented American Popular Music
Learn more about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the essential figures in the history of rock and roll:
MEET THE CAST
$37 SENIOR MATINEE
$20 STUDENTS (with valid ID)
Join us! Complimentary Specialty Drink Tastings before the Friday performances! (Tastings are 21+ and for Friday night ticket-holders only.)
* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.