Musical story of Selma Voting Rights March comes to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 21
From a press release:
“Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom,” a musical adaptation of the moving story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery and the Selma Voting Rights March, comes to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., just in time for Black History Month.
Tickets are on sale now at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100.
All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
“Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” tells the true story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the Voting Rights March in 1965. Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, she fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African Americans.
Ally Sheedy (“The Breakfast Club,” “High Art,” “Psych”) adapted the award-winning memoir by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley (Dial Press, 2016) into a one-person show with a powerful young actress, Damaras Obi. Since its debut at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts and acclaimed performances in New York and Los Angeles, the show has been transformed into a musical, filled with Gospel and freedom songs, directed by Fracaswell Hyman.