Marie and Rosetta

Marie and Rosetta
Nov 23 – Dec 30, 2018

By George Brant; Directed by Wendy Knox
Play with Music / Regional Premiere
Proscenium Stage
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This show’s run has concluded.

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in Mississippi, as Rosetta and her young protégé, Marie Knight, prepare for a tour that will establish them as a great musical duo. Hear renditions of spirituals like “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” and “Sit Down,” to distinctly non-religious songs like “I Want a Tall Skinny Papa.”

ADVISORY: Marie and Rosetta contains mild adult language and mature themes. This joyful, roof-raising play with music is the fictional story of the first night that gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe met her protégée Marie Knight, and the characters deal with racial prejudice, marital strife and other issues that are more suitable for teenage and adult audiences.
RUNNING TIME: The show runs approximately 100 minutes. There is no intermission.


Wendy Knox – Director
Gary D. Hines – Music Director
Joseph Stanley – Set Designer
Aaron Chvatal – Costume Designer
Peter Morrow – Sound Designer
Charlotte Deranek – Assistant Sound Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Abbee Warmboe – Properties Designer
Jared Zeigler* – Stage Manager
Megan Fae Dougherty* – Assistant Stage Manager

Michael May – Guitar
Natalia Peterson – Piano

Additional team:
Morgan Holmes – Dramaturg
Robert A. Dunn – Wigs Designer

*Member, Actors Equity Association

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