History called it heroism. They called it high school. On May 30th thought September 8th 2018, “Little Rock” will tell the riveting true story of “The Little Rock Nine”, the first black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ruled separating students based on race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a notebook and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, “Little Rock” brings urgently to life The Nine’s untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this deeply moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences: Would you have had the courage? “The task that remains is to embrace our interdependence – to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences.” -Dr. Melba Patillo Beals. “If we have honestly acknowledged our painful but shared past, then we can have reconciliation.”-Elizabeth Eckford
“We find ourselves, 60 years after ‘The Crisis’ in Little Rock, still struggling as a nation with segregated schools, inadequate academic resources, systemic gaps in achievement and unsafe schools” shared Harvey Butler, producer. “The Little Rock Nine as teenagers were a catalyst that helped accelerate potential resolution of these issues in 1957-58. We hope this play will honor their contribution to American history and encourage a movement that recommits the nation to the pursuit of academic excellence for all — with deliberate policies and strategies that guarantee the right to a quality public education in an environment free of emotional, psychological and physical threat to our future leaders.”
YES! History called it Heroism. They called is High School. Join Harvey Butler in association with the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture with their presentation of the Off Broadway Premiere of “Little Rock.” A new play written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, featuring renowned recording artist and actor, Shanice Williams along with Rekekah Brockman, Justin Cunningham, Brandon Gill, Charlie Hudson III, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Quentin Mare, Ashley Robinson and Stephanie Umoh as the “Little Rock Nine.”
Check out the “Little Rock”: Interview with Writer & Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj.
The creative team for Little Rock includes Darryl G. Ivey (music director), Rasean Davonte Johnson (scenic design), Leslie Bernstein (costume Design), Anshuman Bhatia (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Wendall K. Harrington (projection design), Robert Westley (fight direction), and Nikkole Salter (dramaturg). The Production Stage Manager is Giles T. Horne.
Tickets ON SALE NOW may be purchased online at www.littlerockplay.com or at The Sheen Center Box Office (18 Bleecker Street, Monday – Friday 11:00AM – 5:00PM, and one hour prior to every performance), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 925-2812. All Group sales orders must be submitted directly through The Sheen Center Box Office. No paper orders will be accepted for Little Rock; only orders placed via email through firstname.lastname@example.org will be considered. For additional information, please visit the website at www.littlerockplay.com. Performances begin May 30th for a limited run through September 8th with special surprises and appearances opening night which is set for Thursday, June 14th.