Written By: Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed By: Damaris Webb
Featuring: Lauren Steele
Preview September 5, Opening night September 6
The West Coast premiere! Queens Girl in the World, the hit play of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., is a charming, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a young black girl in the 60s. This one-woman show includes not just our heroine, the engaging Jacqueline Marie Butler, but 12 more characters including her Caribbean father, imperious mother, girlfriends and boyfriends, as she moves from the safety of her sheltered Queens neighborhood to a new school in Greenwich Village. There, where she is one of only four black students and where race suddenly matters, she begins to wonder where she belongs in the world.
Children under the age of six are not admitted to performances. If you have questions about the suitability of the production for older children, please call us at (503) 594-6047.POST-SHOW LECTURE Dr. Maude Hines, Professor of English and African American Studies at Portland State University "Racial Encounters: Queens Girl in the World and the Legacy of Twentieth-Century African American Childhood in Fiction" Sundays, September 8, 15, 22 at 4:30 p.m. PRE-SHOW LECTURES Percy Hampton, Founding Member Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party "The Black Panthers in 1960s Portland" Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Pancho Savery, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College "Black Politics in the 1960s" Thursdays September 12, 19, 26 6:30 p.m.
A “sweet-spirited solo show.”
It is a must see for any age or color, religion or gender.
“Queens Girl in the World” is never just a historical play; it is real and relevant because of the intense connection that the audience feels with the main character. The historical references used in the play, from the major events of the Civil Rights movement to the kind of perfume worn by Jackie’s mother, never feel forced; they are there to tell Jackie’s story.
September 5-29 • Sponsored by Jean Uzelac and Jean and Bob Macy