Written and Performed by: Angela Polite

Directed by: Christopher Burris 

Mary Speaks tells story of African-American mothers and sons    

In this play Mary Speaks, the life of biblical figure Mary, the mother of Jesus, is used to explore parallels in the history of black mothers and their sons from slavery to present day.  Writer and performer, Angela Polite finds in Mother Mary a prototype for the struggle of black mothers to raise and keep their sons alive in a society where his very existence is seen as a threat and can quickly lead to him becoming a crucified black body.  Through monologues, song, spoken word and dance, we follow mother and son from the auction block, Jim Crow South, through the Great Migration, segregation to present day.  Through this journey, Mary lives with the weight of being the mother of a black man-child and the gut-wrenching realization that she could lose him.


Barbara Matovu – Assistant Director

Jeff Bolding – Musical Director

Production Assistant – Ryan Christian

Lightning Designer – Steven Thompson

Stage Manager -  Marie Cisco 


*An Equity Approved Showcase

Community Theater

February 16 -26, 2017

Thursday – Saturday 8pm & Sunday 3pm    

General Admission: 




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