Staged Readings planned at the Library of Congress in February 2109
Full production in late Spring 2019
Frank Higgins’ play features two extraordinary women in Depression-era Texas: an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist and an African-American with a soulful voice and steely spirit. Their relationship portrays a journey of race and reconciliation, religion and tenacity. Based on legendary folk singer/guitarist Huddie “Lead Bell” Ledbetter and folklorist John Lomax, the work adds the additional dimension of gender and the courage it took for women to break outside of their jails.
Local singer-actress Roz White reprises the lead in this drama with over 20 American folk and spiritual songs and “inhabits the role of Alberta “Pearl” Johnson like it was created for her… blessed with a voice that resonates and captures the soul of the music with a strong gospel uplift.”
Performance schedule to be announced.