Encore Theatre to present new play

Staff Reports • Updated May 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Encore Theatre Co. will present “Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror” by Garret  Mathews and directed by Michael Rex. 

A two-act play based on the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 opens Friday and runs weekends through May 24.

The drama is set in the fictional town of Jubilee, Miss., during Freedom Summer when hundreds of activists headed south to register African-American voters and to desegregate schools, bus stations and businesses. In the play, a black civil rights worker from the North finds himself in a cell with a white racist who is behind bars for beating his wife. 

This is a compelling story that uniquely reveals the power of the human spirit and the ability of the individual to triumph over inequities in society, Encore officials said.

The companion piece, “My Mama Says,” is a presentation of writings from well-known African-American women, compiled and produced by Michael Rex – directed by James Bealor.

A little girl finds her grandmother’s photo album. While Calli recognizes some of the people in the pictures, she doesn’t know who all of them are, so she asks her mother. Celeste looks through the photos with her daughter, looking at the women from the American Civil Rights movement - the women who her mother marched with, protested with, suffered with, and made a difference with. These women who changed America. These women who had something to say. Eight women come to life through their most famous words. This is what My Mama Says.

These plays contain historically accurate language.

Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is at 2:30 p.m.

Encore Theatre is at 6978 Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet – just west of Highway 109. Tickets – adults $15, seniors (60-plus) $12 or children (12 and under) $10 – may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 615-598-8950 or visiting shop.encore-theatre-company.org.

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