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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.

 

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Run time: ~ 2 hr, 15 min with one intermission

Content warning: This production contains strong language and adult content, including themes of racism and racial slurs; descriptions of violence, homophobia, and transphobia; and discussion of sexual identity.

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Inspiration behind I Shall Not Be Moved
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Cast

Samantha Russell

Betty Daniels, I Shall Not Be Moved
Samantha Russell

Torie Wiggins

Tour Guide, Your Negro Tour Guide
Torie Wiggins

Creative team

Isaiah Reaves

Playwright, I Shall Not Be Moved
Isaiah Reaves

Torie Wiggins

Director, I Shall Not Be Moved; & Co-adapter, Your Negro Tour Guide
Torie Wiggins

Kathy Y. Wilson

Author & Co-adapter, Your Negro Tour Guide
Kathy Y. Wilson

Jeff Griffin

Director & Co-adapter, Your Negro Tour Guide
Jeff Griffin
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Brian c. Mehring

Resident Set & Lighting Designer
Brian c. Mehring

Daryl L. Harris

Costume Designer
Daryl L. Harris

Derek A. Graham

Sound Designer
Derek A. Graham

Becca Schall

Projection Designer
Becca Schall

Nigel Mask

Wig Designer
Nigel Mask
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Shannon Rae Lutz

Properties Curator/Design Assistant
Shannon Rae Lutz

Jack Murphy

Technical Director
Jack Murphy
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Margot Whitney

Production Stage Manager
Margot Whitney
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Lexi Muller

Assistant Stage Manager
Lexi Muller

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