The only live theatre production in the U.S. (according to Playbill) will happen tonight in Franklin, Louisiana and is free to everyone.

Soulful Productions, Inc. will perform "A Celebratory Tribute to the African American Woman" which takes a journey from the 1800s to present day spotlighting a few of the many powerful black women throughout history and their works that helped to shape and cultivate politics, culture, art, dance, music and history.

A one-woman excerpt from the play, "The Forgotten Healer" by up and coming Playwright Ed "Tiger" Verdin follows the life, struggle and triumphs of Dr. Emma Wakefield-Palliet, Louisiana's first black woman doctor in 1897 whose history was erased during post-Reconstruction. Dr. Wakefield finally received recognition by the State of Louisiana and Governor John Bel Edwards in November 2018.

The performance includes Fallon Mitchell as Dr. Wakefield.  Bria Burrell as Sojourner Truth, Tiffany Dupas as Billie Holliday, Shani P. Nelson as Nina Simone, LaDaisha Bowles-Webber as Maya Angelou, Renita Nelson performing the Broadway hit "I Know Where I've Been" and Kyla Provost performing a powerful dance tribute to today's empowering young black women.

"A Celebratory Tribute to the African American Woman" will take place this evening on the porch of the Grevemberg House owned by the City of Franklin and maintained by the St. Mary Chapter of Louisiana Landmark Society in Franklin City Park.

FREE Live Stream, tonight Thursday, July 9, at 7 PM on the Soulful Productions Facebook page @soulfultheatre.


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