Photo Flash: Long Wharf Theatre Presents MILLER, MISSISSIPPI

Long Wharf Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Miller, Mississippi, by Boo Killebrew, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, from January 9 through February 2, 2019.

Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by calling 203-787-4282, visiting longwharf.org, or visiting the box office. Performances occur at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II (222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT). The January 17 performance offers open captioning.

The cast includes Charlotte Booker (Mildred Miller), Roderick Hill (Thomas Miller), Leah Karpel (Becky Miller), Jacob Perkins (John Miller), and Benja K. Thomas (Doris Stevenson/Ruby). The creative team includes Kristen Robinson (set design), Oana Botez (costume design), Amith Chandrashaker (lighting design), and Daniel Kluger (sound design). Brett Anders is the stage manager.

Killebrew's tale of a Southern family struggling through the radical changes of the civil rights movement was one of the highlights of the theatre's 2016 Contemporary American Voices Festival. The play follows the Miller family through three decades of some of the most tumultuous times in our nation's history, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement and ending with the AIDS crisis of the 1990s. In the Miller family, the tradition of white supremacy is sacred, and change to the status quo is threatening, particularly when it promises to disrupt their family's status and privilege. This arc of American history as seen through the eyes of one family illuminates themes that continue to resonate today.

Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

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