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Comedy Drama

I Shall Not Be Moved/Your Negro Tour Guide

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The riveting play I Shall Not Be Moved is by Cincinnati native and emerging young playwright Isaiah Reaves. This one-woman show thrillingly recounts the story of Reaves’s grandmother, nationally recognized Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and her beautiful, horrifying, and trailblazing journey through the American South as one of the first Freedom Riders during the 1960s. Audiences far and wide will experience the internal conflicts and joys of a dark-skinned Black woman’s fearless battle for equity and equality. Please note: after this performance concludes (approximate run time is 1 hour), there will be an intermission after which Your Negro Tour Guide will be performed. No additional ticket is required.

The updated one-woman stage adaptation of Your Negro Tour Guide draws heavily from columns and National Public Radio commentaries collected in Kathy Y. Wilson’s book, Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black & White based on her former CityBeat column. Throwing a glaring light on misguided notions of natural Black beauty, Black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes, this play allows us, once and for all, to laugh at every secret we’ve held against and sideways glance we’ve cast at “The Other,” whoever they happen to be. Please note: this performance will begin after the intermission that follows I Shall Not Be Moved. No additional ticket is required.

Run time: ~ 2 hrs with one intermission

Content warning: This production contains mature language and content, including themes of racism and racial slurs, physical assault, sexual identity, homophobia, and misogyny.

Creative team

Isaiah Reaves

Playwright, I Shall Not Be Moved
Isaiah Reaves

Kathy Y. Wilson

Playwright, Your Negro Tour Guide
Kathy Y. Wilson

Audio-described performance

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:30pm

ASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7:30pm

Photo credits | Headshots provided by artists; Accessibility, Phil Fiorini and Nathan Robert Pecchia in Fly by Night (Ryan Kurtz); FAQs, Darnell Pierre Benjamin and Bryant Bentley in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner)