Marie and Rosetta, Jan 26-Feb 13. Picture of two women, one holds an electric guitar, they are both singing joyfully.

Performance Suspension: The production of Marie and Rosetta, originally scheduled to open January 19th, is suspended due to concerns regarding COVID-19. The company is currently considering all options available for the future of the production, and will be issuing full refunds to everyone with tickets to the production. READ THE PRESS RELEASE


JAN 26 – FEB 13, 2022

Proscenium Stage
By George Brant
Directed by Wendy Knox
Music Direction by Gary D. Hines

Joy and power from the godmother of rock-and-roll

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Back by popular demand! 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.

Songs like “I Looked Down the Line” drive home the sorrow of living in the Jim Crow South, while “Didn’t It Rain” and “I Want a Tall Skinny Papa” will have you dancing in your seat.

Who should you bring? Sisters and brothers, music lovers, history-buffs; people who want to rise up out of their seats and let the music take them higher.

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 with no intermission.

Dates and Showtimes

  • Wednesday, Jan 26, 7:30 PM | preview
  • Thursday, Jan 27, 7:30 PM | preview
  • Friday, Jan 28, 7:30 PM | audio description; opening night
  • Saturday, Jan 29, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 30, 2 PM | American sign language (ASL); post-show discussion; pay-as-you’re-able pricing


  • Thursday, Feb 3, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, Feb 4,  7:30 PM
  • Saturday Feb 5, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday Feb 6, 2:00 PM


  • Thursday, Feb 10, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, Feb 11, 7:30 PM | open captioning
  • Saturday, Feb 12, 7:30 PM | open captioning; post-show discussion
  • Sunday, Feb 13, 2:00 PM | open captioning; closing reception

Cast and Creative Team


Headshots of the cast of Marie and Rosetta

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Angela Stewart
Marie Knight – Eliah B. Johnson
Maestra/Pianist – Natalia Peterson
Guitarist – Michael May

Director – Wendy Knox
Music Director – Gary D. Hines
Set Designer – Joseph Stanley
Costume Designer – Kathy Kohl
Sound Designer – Peter Morrow
Lighting Designer – Michael Kittel
Assistant Sound Designer – Charlotte Deranek
Properties Designer – Abbie Warmboe
Wig Designer – Emma Gustafson
Stage Manager – Ashley Raper*
Assistant Stage Manager – Jaya Robillard

*member, Actors’ Equity Association


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