The Lyric is very excited to bring 'BrownGirl. Bluegrass' to our historic stage on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 pm. There will also be a meet & greet with the cast creators of the play at Blue Stallion Brewery on Monday, October 5 at 6:00 pm.
'BrownGirl. Bluegrass' is an autobiographical story of its star and creator Berry - examines the rarely documented cultural history of African-Americans in Kentucky. Berry blends the perspectives of her own childhood through Kentucky geography and personal events while honoring the work of important ancestors whose lives parallel with her own. Her take on the culture, geography and the history of Kentucky is poignant, didactic, and enlightening as we see the historical figures of our enriching and emotional past come to life with ancestral music to soundtrack these powerful stories. A one-woman show with seven original songs that evoke the ideas of womanhood, family, love and race, as well as push universal themes and intergenerational messages in every piece of poetry, prose, and song. A historical adventure and homage to her heritage and ancestors, BrownGirl. Bluegrass. teaches us that we are all beautiful and powerful.
Presented by Berry & Co., the show will be directed by Shauna Horn with music composition and accompaniment by David Cohn, lyrics by Lacresha Berry. Following a successful New York premiere in Harlem at the Dwyer Cultural Center in 2014, BrownGirl. Bluegrass continued its big city jaunt at the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival in February 2015 at Roy Arias Studios and as a featured artist at the Gallatin Arts Festival as part of the #BlackLivesMatter Series Finale on April 17th. The show debuted in Washington D.C. this summer at the DC Black Theater Festival and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).
Berry, a teacher, naturalista, playwright and singer/songwriter from Kentucky, wrote BrownGirl. Bluegrass. to fill a need for more positive role models. Growing up in Kentucky, she found few role models that looked like her, a brown girl from the Bluegrass State. Through her own research, she discovered important African-Americans from her hometown of Lexington, KY such as Charlotte Dupuy, who fought for her freedom a Kentucky Secretary of State and Robert Charles O'Hara Benjamin, a man shot 6 times in the back for encouraging African Americans to vote. Even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched to the capitol in Frankfort, KY and it was never documented in any of her history books. This new work is about changing lives one song, one poem and one story at a time. For more info