The Ballad of Emmett Till
Written By Ifa Bayeza
Performed by Ensemble Theatre on February 8, 2014
The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins and is one of the only professional theaters in Houston dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theaters owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till fell on the cusp of a saga that changed the course of the nation. Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award, presented by Mystery Writers of America, "The Ballad of Emmett Till" captures the powerful truths at the heart of the story of a fourteen year old boy who's pursuit of happiness and liberty are pierced with the poignancy of life. This world premiere is a jazz integration of past and present—part history, part ghost story. This pivotal moment, believed to be the start of the modern civil rights movement, is depicted by Ifa Bayeza through a soaring work of brilliant music, poetry, and theatricality.