September 17, 2017 6:30 pm
By Charlayne Woodard
September 15 – September 24
Shifting between the dual landscapes of bustling Albany, New York and the hilltop black town of Rosignol Hill, Georgia, two young sisters navigate life in the 1950s. More than a dozen memorable characters weave together one family’s story forever informed by soulful jazz melodies, integrated classrooms, sizzling smoked sausages, and one burning cross’s flickering flames.
Lyrically told yet filled with earthy humor, Pretty Fire is the heartwarming, uplifting true tale of mid-century African-American life and one family’s remarkable journey of love, struggle, and triumph.
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“Exhilarating and unflaggingly entertaining…One of the most positive pictures of the black-American experience I’ve ever seen on stage…Rapturous tales…” —NY Times.
“Life-affirming…One of the most moving and exhilarating evenings this year. We sometimes forget that theater at its most profound is a celebration of life. —NY Daily News