Black Box Festival Highlights

Opening Performance: Strange Fruit Project, April 6, 2017, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Strange Fruit Project, a collaborative work by Hattiloo and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO), dramatizes the twenty-one lynchings that took place in Memphis and Shelby County between 1877 and 1950. Featuring original dramatic narratives honoring the lives and deaths of the victims set to musical pieces from the MSO repertory, the Strange Fruit Project will convey the intense emotion of this dark period of Memphis' history. MSO will also produce a symphonic rendition of Billie Holiday's iconic song, "Strange Fruit."

Press review and panel discussion April 7, 2017, 10:00am, National Civil Rights Museum

This event will introduce the public to the festival, its purpose and justice theme, participating artists, and visiting representatives of the national theatre community.

Celebrity Guest Performance by Debbi morgan, "The Monkey on my Back", April 8 - 9, 2017, Hattiloo Theatre

Family Day in the Park, Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm-4pm Veteran’s Plaza at Overton Park

Featuring local arts groups Cazateatro, Inner City South, Black Arts Alliance, Subroy, and more.
Family fun including face painting, caricatures, restaurant tastings, and activites.

On the final day of the Festival, a 90-minute film highlighting the works from the festival that will be shown free of charge at beautiful and historic Overton Park (Rain location is the Brooks Museum). The participating artists will also attend to introduce their performance segments. Free bus transportation to the event, departing from each of the City's nine districts, will be provided.

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