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Warriors Don't Cry on tour

Public School Tour 2011

August 30 - In what turned out to be the final performance of our tour, we entertained, enlightened and inspired around 300 students at Hillsboro High School. We thank Gina Kelley and Brad Brown of the Drama Department, a stellar student helper named Baylor (sorry, we never caught your last name!), and the two amazing sign-language interpreters who translated the show for their students down in front.

August 19 -  Snow days and exams have pushed the last shows of our tour into the opening days of the 2011-12 school year. We're glad we got the chance to perform for some 200 students at Nashville School of Arts this morning. Thanks to Drama teachers Kara Kindall and John Newsom, student assistant Cody Woodside and Principal boB Wilson of "The Greatest School on the Planet!"

March 25 - We had a memorable time last evening at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, including musical selections by the Marshall Mariners band and the school chorus before and after "Warriors Don't Cry." Thanks to Kevin Dye and Steven Ricker and their students for the music, and especially to Angela Gilmore, Teacher/ESEA Family Engagement Specialist, for putting together a great program!

Beginning in January 2011, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project will present its acclaimed one-woman show Warriors Don’t Cry in dozens of performances in Nashville area schools. Founding Artistic Director Maryanna Clarke says the play, based on the memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine, attracted attention from schools during its run in September, 2009. “After our Looby Theater run, we were proud to be invited to perform Warriors at Montgomery Bell Academy, University School of Nashville and Harpeth Hall, but we wanted to find a way to make the show affordable for public school kids as well.”

Warriors Don't Cry public school tour 2011Grant funding from Nissan Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts turned Maryanna’s aspiration into reality. In late January we began a tour of some two dozen performances in Metro Nashville schools, presented at no charge to students or schools. “Warriors Don’t Cry makes a piece of history come alive through the power of theater,” says Maryanna. “We’re grateful and excited that we can offer this important work as a gift to Metro students.” While most shows will run during school hours, some schools will host evening performances that are open to the community; the places, dates and times of public shows will be announced on our web site and Facebook page. (Photo: Warriors Don't Cry actor Tamiko Robinson was interviewed by student journalists after our February 3rd performance at DuPont Tyler Middle School.)

Funded in part by Nissan Foundation This project is funded in part with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts


School - subject to change - check back often! Date Audience
Overton High School 1/27 350
Nashville Big Picture High School 1/28 100
Hillwood High School Freshman Academy 2/1 350
DuPont Tyler Middle School Public Show 2/3 125
East High School 2/23 250
Glencliff High School 2/28 220
Maplewood High School 3/3 220
Maplewood High School 3/4 125
John Early Middle School 3/14 300
Thurgood Marshall Middle School Public Show, 6 pm 3/24 150
Antioch High School - two performances 5/17 500
Nashville School of Arts 8/19 200
Hillsboro High School 8/30 300


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