Presented by MetroStage
Black Pearl Sings!
by Frank Higgins
Directed by Sandra Holloway
Musical Direction by William Knowles
Two extraordinary women in Depression-era Texas. An ambitious Library of Congress musicologist and her discovery of the musical gifts of an African American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit. A powerful evocative story of how they must work together to fulfill both of their goals. A journey of race and reconciliation, religion and tenacity, historical origins of folk music, and ultimate healing and understanding. Based on the discovery of legendary folk singer/guitarist Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter in prison by folklorist John Lomax and their subsequent musical partnership. Featuring over 20 American folk and spiritual songs.