“Emmett Down in My Heart” play for Black History Month


Posted by Carolyn Classen



“Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA) presents the winner of their first annual play competition. Sheldon Metz, TADA’s artistic director, directs this production, the true story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was killed in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman. Emmett’s brutal murder triggered unprecedented nationwide coverage, furthered the civil rights movement and inspired Rosa Parks when she refused to move to the back of the bus later that same year”.

Featuring Carley E. Preston, Joan O’Dwyer, P.J. Peavy, Candace Bean, Seth Fowler, Victor Bowleg, and introducing André Johnson as Cuz and Kendrick Stallings as Emmett.

February 22 – March 9 Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

General admission: $20 Seniors/students: $15 February 21 preview: $15 for everyone

Call for group rates (20 or more) Reservations: Call: 520-722-9553 OR Email: thedrektor@gmail.com.

The play is about the intertwined stories of Emmett Till, his grieving mother Mrs.Mamie Till-Mobley, who insisted on an open casket funeral in Chicago “so the world could witness the horrors inflicted on my son”, and white school teacher Roanne Taylor, who failed to act when she heard his screams. More about the powerful play at playwright Clare Coss’ website: http://www.clarecoss.com/emmett.shtml

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).