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The Face of Emmett Till
The Face of Emmett Till
August 28, 1955…50 years ago… Emmett Till was brutally murdered. June 2, 2005…The F.B.I. reopens the case.

"The crime and the kangaroo court that followed—with its verdict of not guilty for Bryant and Milan delivered by an all-white jury in a segregated courtroom—were galvanizing events in the fight for civil rights." —Hedy Weiss (Chicago Sun-Times)
Drama. By Mamie Till-Mobley and David Barr III.

Cast: 7m., 3w. (Male characters can be 7 to 9. Doubling possible.) The Face of Emmett Till is a true-to-life dramatization of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who, while visiting relatives in Money, Miss., in August 1955, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by two white men who claimed they wanted to teach him a lesson for "allegedly" whistling at a local white woman. The horror and the brutality of this crime were magnified even more when his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made the fateful decision to invite the media to the funeral where she had an open casket. The shocking pictures were published by the American black press and were later republished around the world. The ramifications of this act are still being felt today. As retold for the first time within a creative, nonfictional genre by Mamie Till-Mobley, the play chronicles this tragedy, its aftermath, and her heroic crusade for justice. The year 2005 commemorates the 50th anniversary of this incident, which has rightfully been called "the hate crime that changed America" and in fact sparked the Civil Rights movement; two months after the death of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks stood up against Jim Crow and helped spearhead the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott. She has often cited the tragic death of Emmett Till as one of a myriad of reasons she refused to give her seat to a white passenger. Unit set. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  F93
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  82
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  135 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423257
Publication Date: 05/30/2006
Biographies
David Barr III's first full-length play, The Death of the Black Jesus, helped him become a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (1995). Black Jesus was the winner of the National Playwriting Award sponsored by the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri (1994), and the winner of the Mixed Blood Versus America National Playwriting Contest sponsored by the Mixed ...More
Mamie Till-Mobley was an active member of the Evangelistic Crusaders C.O.G.I.C. (Church of God in Christ). She was one of seven members who founded this particular Chicagoland chapter of C.O.G.I.C. in May 1973 under the pastorate of Elder George Liggins. Following the death of her only child, Emmett Louis Till, on August 28, 1955, Mrs. Mobley entered Chicago Teachers College ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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