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Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

Posted by Sarah Mitchell | 08 August 2013

Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963  by Christina Ham

A staged reading directed by Jerry Foster



Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m.

Ellyn Bye Studio 

128 NW Eleventh Ave


The event is free and open to the public.

PassinArt Theater Company and PCS will present a staged reading commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham bombing that helped to galvanize the civil rights movement.  This program is being held in support of our production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop.
FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 examines the realities of a segregated, politically-charged climate through the life of a child during these extreme circumstances to end racial discrimination and inequality. Four little girls—Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley—who attend the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, share their hopes and dreams about what they want to be when they grow up, set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. While Denise dreams of becoming a doctor, Carole looks forward to the dress she will one day wear at the cotillion. Cynthia imagines her life as a mathematics professor at the local university and Addie Mae envisions a life as a professional baseball player. Yet each child's dreams abruptly end with a world-changing act of hatred on the fateful day of September 15, 1963. This immediate and historic moment sparks a turning point that helps draw national attention to the hard-fought, often dangerous struggle for civil rights for African Americans—exactly the opposite of what its perpetrators intend.
This reading is being held in cooperation with Project 1 Voice, a not-for-profit performing arts service organization founded to nurture, promote, strengthen and preserve the legacy and tradition of African American theater and playwrights.  Free public readings of Four Little Girls will be held this day in more than 50 theaters across the country, including a production directed by Phylicia Rashad at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
If you can't make our reading at PCS, you may also host a viewing party of the Kennedy Center presentation in your home, office, school, college, university, place of worship or where ever people gather.  This is a great event for community engagement.  To live-stream the Kennedy Center production you will need;
1. A computer
2. A projector
3. A VGA cable (from computer to projector)
4. An audio cable (line out of computer to mixer/speaker system)
• If operating with Mac, you will need the Mac adaptor to hook up to the projector
5. Projection Screen (or you may simply watch it on your computer)
Long onto www.kennedy-center.org on the day of the performance.  On the right hand side of the home page there is a box for Millennium Stage.  Just before 6pm E.S.T., the site will flip over and a link that says "Watch Now" will appear.  All you need to do is click for the streaming video.
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