April 30 - June 21, 2020
$20.00 – $65.00
The now-legendary story of Emmett “Bo” Till is believed by many to be the start of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. Made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation.
By Ifa Bayeza
Directed by Talvin Wilks
PART II. THAT SUMMER IN SUMNER (WORLD PREMIERE)
This World Premiere condenses the five-day trial of “The State of Mississippi vs. Roy Bryant and JW Milam for the Murder of Emmett Till” into a thrilling courtroom drama. Based on trial transcripts, contemporaneous news accounts, interviews, and photo-documentation from a case broken open by the national black press exposing miscarriages of justice at every turn.
“Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of the story, creating a soaring work of music, brilliant poetry and theatricality.”
—DC Theatre Scene
”In its intimate, domestic settings, it achieves an epic scale.”
Additional funding for The Till Trilogy is provided by the CrossCurrents Foundation in support of Community Conversations.
That Summer in Sumner
Friday, May 8, 2020, at 8:00 PM (Open Caption)
Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 3:00 PM (Open Caption with ASL interpreted post-show discussion)
Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 8:00 PM (Open Caption)
The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
1333 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States
Parking is limited around the theater. Please use ride shares or public transportation like the free DC Street Car.